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Released in September 1999, American Football's self-titled debut and only full-length album remains a classic in the annals of alternative music. A mix of math rock guitar figures, lo-fi drums, and barely melodic vocals, it stands between the inchoate indie punk that preceded it (Unwound, Built to Spill) and the more polished but no less anguished emo pop that would follow (Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy). Taking cues from instrumental acts like Tristeza and Do Make Say Think, American Football infused their sound with jazz eclecticism, adding touches of trumpet to their interlocking guitar lines. Tracks like "Honestly" and "Never Meant" are a window into the mindset of indie kids at the turn of the millennium. The deluxe version of American Football compiles scratchy demos and previously unreleased tracks from this short-lived yet seminal group. 

Customer Reviews

A solid indie album.

This album influenced a lot of folks and is worth checking out. The demos and extra recordings are cool for the people that likely bought this album a long time ago but probably too unpolished for the first time listener...

2nd wave emo's comeback attempt

This album definitely brings me back to the sound of the late 90s. This album sounds pretty amazing for an unknown and forgotten band from a forgotten era and scene. Needs more attention, airplay, publicity, albums

I wish I could have been there

I wish I could have been there when this album first came out. I wish I had been old enough at the time to appreciate it. (I was just 5 years old) I wish I could have been there at the small shows they played around Illinois. Alas I wasn't. However, there is a timeless quality to the music of American Football. The emotions people felt then while listening and now are still the same. It doesn't matter who you are or how old you were when this was released, if you can appreciate this you are doing something right!

The deluxe edition is excellent and there is a warmth to the extra tracks recorded live and on tape that is enchanting. Best listened to in the Fall/Winter. Enjoy friends!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

American Football comprise vocalist/bassist/guitarist Mike Kinsella, guitarist Steve Holmes, and drummer/trumpet player Steve Lamos. Kinsella's emo/post-rock pedigree includes stints with bands like Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc; American Football share a similar aesthetic, blending jazzy tempos, pop hooks, and earnest vocals into their sound. The group released its self-titled debut EP in 1998 and its eponymous full-length in 1999 before abruptly breaking up after only a few years of existence. Kinsella...
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