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Revelling in their native Staines, Richard Archer, Ross Phillips, Kai Stephens and Steve Kemp are welded to the sounds of the streets like spat-out gum to hot pavement.
‘Stars Of CCTV’ delivers a series of hopeful anthems to a disaffected youth. Hoodies, cash points and binge drinking – Hard-Fi are an ASBO waiting to happen.

Hard-Fi News

Hard-Fi unveil new song 'Move Over - listen

The rack features on the band's forthcoming 'best of' compilation

  • Jan 20, 2014

Hard-Fi to release greatest hits compilation

'Best of 2004 – 2014' will be released on January 26

  • Nov 27, 2013

Hard-Fi to 'headline' FA Cup final pre-match entertainment at Wembley Stadium

The Enemy are already confirmed to be playing on the venue's roof at May 5 showpiece

  • Apr 23, 2012

Hard-Fi criticised for 'misrepresenting' Staines after calling it a 'ghost town'

Local leaders are unhappy with the 'Killer Sounds' band

  • Aug 22, 2011

Hard-Fi to play intimate London show this weekend

Staines group to warm up with club show ahead of UK tour

  • Aug 10, 2011

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Hard-Fi Music Videos

I Shall Overcome DJ GI Joe KO Remix Play Video

I Shall Overcome DJ GI Joe KO Remix

Remixed by DJ GI Joe @ The Soundbunker. I Shall Overcome DJ GI Joe KO Remix

I Shall Overcome Play Video

I Shall Overcome

Watch the official I Shall Overcome video by Hard-FI in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Can't Get Along [Without You] Play Video

Can't Get Along [Without You]

Watch the official Can't Get Along [Without You] video by Hard-FI in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Stars Of CCTV Play Video

Stars Of CCTV

Watch the official Stars Of CCTV video by Hard-FI in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Living For The Weekend Play Video

Living For The Weekend

Watch the official Living For The Weekend video by Hard-FI in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Hard-Fi Reviews

Album Review: Hard-Fi - 'Killer Sounds'

Album Review: Hard-Fi - 'Killer Sounds'

It's strange and silly, cartoonish, stupid and confused - and yet the latest missive from Staines makes for an oddly compulsive listen

  • Aug 16, 2011

Hard-Fi/Carbon Silicon

Across the pond, Archer and Jones share a stage. And plenty of whiskey. JD Set Legendary Mash, Lynchburg BBQ Hill (April 12)

  • Apr 28, 2008

Hard-Fi/The Lost Boys/The Rushes: KOKO, London, Wednesday February 6

In a smaller venue than they’re used to, London still goes mad for the ’Fi

  • Feb 21, 2008

Hard-Fi

I Shall Overcome

  • Feb 15, 2008

The Answering Machine

Lightbulbs

  • Nov 9, 2007

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Hard-Fi Biography

Hard-Fi are an English indie pop band formed in Staines, Surrey in 2003. The band's members are Richard Archer (lead vocals and guitar), Kai Stephens (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Steve Kemp (drums and backing vocals). Founding member Ross Phillips (guitar and backing vocals) left the band on 6 May 2013 but returned in 2014 for promoting the release of the Best of... album and the one-off gig on 13 February 2014.

They achieved chart success with their third single, "Hard to Beat" and then followed by other successful singles such as "Cash Machine" and "Living for the Weekend", which all reached top 15 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album Stars of CCTV was released on 4 July 2005, and although receiving critical acclaim (NME called it the Album of the Year and it was nominated for the Mercury Prize and two Brit Awards; Best British Group and Best British Rock Act), it didn't reach No. 1 in the UK albums chart until six months later on 22 January 2006. It originally entered the charts at number 6. The band's second album Once Upon a Time in the West was released on 3 September 2007 and reached number 1 in its first week. Their third album Killer Sounds, which features the singles "Good for Nothing", "Fire in the House" and "Bring It On", was released on 19 August 2011 and debuted at number 9 on the UK Album Chart.

Although Hard-Fi are generally considered part of the indie rock scene, they have stated that they are heavily influenced by soul and dance music.

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