American WiFi is an up-and-coming band out of Grand Rapids, Michigan that has already made a name for itself regionally with high-energy live performances and melodic songwriting, not to mention the foursome is gaining mainstream attention with numerous achievements, like taking home the Pop/Electronic Award last summer at the world renowned ArtPrize 2014.
Consisting of Greyson Bos (lead vocals / rhythm guitar), Levi Lilly (drums / backing vocals), Cohen Padilla (bass / backing vocals), and Sam Starkie (lead guitar / backing vocals), American WiFi is currently in the studio working on its first full-length album. The debut project is shaping up to be the best of both worlds: a blast from the past of traditional fan favorites found on the band’s two previous EPs combined with a glimpse into the future with new tunes representative of the direction WiFi is headed.
The group has its roots in a high school project that included Bos, Lilly, and Padilla. When that band’s original drummer left for college, Lilly got behind the kit instead, Starkie was added to take Lilly’s place on lead guitar, and American WiFi was born. With influences stemming from Maroon 5 to James Brown to The Police, the members of American Wifi find themselves hard pressed to be pigeonholed into one category.
“We definitely draw a lot of influence from rock music. That’s really our roots. As we get older, we keep moving in a more poppy direction,” says lead singer and chief songwriter Bos. “I think a lot of the pop stuff appeals to kids more our age. But it’s not like we’re hiding our roots. We know where we come from.”
Since the early days, the foursome has grown as artists, songwriters, and performers with each member putting his own individual spin on the music. The WiFi sound that emerged is a free-flowing groove radiating with pop hooks and rock grit which lays the perfect foundation for emotionally potent lyrics expressing youthful lust and longings.
American WiFi continues to play regular shows throughout the Midwest as the album is in progress and the members look forward to expanding the tour once the project is completed. At the end of the day, however, they are still four friends who love playing music. “That’s all we could ever want,” Bos says, “to be able to create our art and express ourselves and do what we love for a living. It’s humbling.”