Since 1991, the band has been a driving force in the Japanese music scene. Their eclectic and melodic approach to songwriting has garnered the band an enormous following; one which rose steadily before exploding with their breakthrough 1999 album Making the Road.
In addition to headlining sold out stadium shows in Japan (no shit, they'?re the Japanese Green Day), their signature sound has garnered thousands of fans around the globe. After Making the Road, Hi-Standard went on hiatus until 2011, when they headlined the Air Jam festival in Tokyo. Over this decade of inactivity their fanbase grew to inconceivable numbers.
With all of this support & excitement, Hi-Standard knew there was nothing else to do but get back in the studio. In 2016 the band released their first new material in 15 years: the 4 song 7? titled Another Starting Line, which earned much critical acclaim and love from their fans. Hi-Standard's latest offering is a 14-song album recorded by the one and only Ryan Green (NOFX, Bad Religion, No Use For A Name).
With The Gift, fans can expect all the heartfelt harmonies and melodic punk magic that helped define the classic FAT sound of the '90s. From start to finish, The Gift delivers bombastic vocals with sugary sweet melodies that are just as infectious as ever. The cherry on the top of this 21st century update of the classic 90s FAT sound is the full-color cover art by famed '90s rock poster artist Frank Kozik.