You’ve no doubt heard American Authors’ big hit, the relentlessly catchy Best Day of My Life with its “Woo-ooh-ooh-oh-oh” singalong chorus. But the Brooklyn alt-rock band — which takes the stage Thursday at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale — is far from a one-hit wonder. Its arresting debut album Oh, What a Life has cracked the Top 20, and songs including Believer, Luck, Trouble and Home are also fan favorites.
Led by singer Zac Barnett’s crisp, penetrating vocals, American Authors — whose members were all classically trained at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music — prides itself on writing Americana pop anthems that tell compelling stories and resonate emotionally.
Barnett talked to Miami.com about the show.
Did you know right away that “Best Day of My Life” was a special song?
No, not really at first. There were a bunch of songs we were working on at the time, and we just kind of smashed them all together to form this one song. … We came back to it and were like, “You know what? This is pretty cool — it could be a special song.” So we finished it up and started shipping it out to get some opinions on it, and it kind of just organically took off. It’s a dream of ours to see our song performing so high and to see an art form that you’ve created and put your heart and soul into take off and connect with other people.
What else can we expect from your show?
It’s gonna be great — it’s a very fun and energetic show, and we’re playing the whole album, some new songs and some cover songs. We go into every show wanting to have fun and a good time ourselves, and to make that connection with the audience is always amazing. It could either be someone’s first concert, or it could be someone’s last concert, so you wanna go in and make it a special moment.
Do you have a new album coming out soon?
Our album Oh, What a Life is still less than a year old, so we have no plans to release another album quite yet, but we’re always ready and working on new music even though we’re always on the road.
Can you give us a couple of cover songs we can expect?
It’s more fun when it’s a surprise. I’ll definitely say that the two covers we chose are songs by artists that we’re obsessed with and that we love. And those have also been going over great every night.
You guys all went to Berklee — how did that color your approach to writing pop-rock tunes?
I think we all wanted to write pop and rock music from such a young age, and Berklee’s cool, because it teaches you a lot of tools in music in general that you may not know. We’re all classically trained, and we can all play each other’s instruments. So we have these tools and skills in our back pocket, and I think it’s always good to have those.
So does that mean you can play the banjo?
Uhhhh — I’m not … good at it, but I can pick it up and fumble around on it and learn a bit quite quickly. Really, it was just an instrument that we found under a friend’s bed, and we were just saying, “Why not? Let’s have fun with this, and hey, we have this new instrument, let’s throw it in.”
What would you like to tell people about the band who know you only from “Best Day of My Life”?
Check out the rest of our music, and for sure come to our live show — it has a lot of heart and a lot of feeling in it, and it’s very fun and catchy. It’s exciting, and we always have a great time performing live.
American Authors perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; opening acts Mowglis and Oh Honey; $20 at jointherevolution.net