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After a ten year hiatus, American Music Club reunited for 2004’s Love Songs for Patriots. By the end of 2007, only singer Mark Eitzel and guitarist Vudi were available to soldier on. Adding a new rhythm section, the duo went about making one of the quietest albums of their mostly quiet career. Initially, the group were unusual, appearing long before such slo-core advocates as Low, Red House Painters, Smog and Ida. Their snail’s paced, heavily emoted compositions may have helped inspire the ‘emo’ movement to some small degree, but this San Francisco-based group’s approach has always been more subtly nuanced and psychically ambivalent than most performers who bleed over their music. The Golden Age expresses its rage at right-wing politics (“The Victory Choir”) and memorializes tragedy (“The Windows on the World”), but is best when expressing affirmations of beauty in a world gone ugly (“Who You Are”). Unlike previous releases, Eitzel never strains for a note, but instead sings and fingerpicks quietly in the corner with Vudi adding subtle ambient textures of feedback that rarely screech but gently expand over the austere terrain.

Customer Reviews


Mercury & Everclear were their best. (Well, California too, but its crimminally out of print).This ranks up there with those. Despite some great moments, Eitzel's solo career was a bit frustrating for AMC fans, since it had an equal amount of failed experiements. Music For Patriots marked a not quite return to form which Golden Age delievers on in spades. The meloncholy, the humanity & humor---its all here. Not one bad track. Vudi & Eitzel still have their brooding simpatico despite a new rythm section. So far one of the best of 2008. Not that the masses will take notice. They never have. Amy Winehouse--gimme a break. This is the sound of what goes on underneath. Georgous & brilliant.

One of the best records of the year (so far...)

don't pay attention to the 1-star review. AMC's music isn't going to knock you over with Vampire Weekend (over-rated) hipness, but it is beautiful, stylistic music that is timeless, suitable for all ages -and fans of any of Merge's artists.

A victory indeed ...

A master songwriter and showman who knows how to disappear in the spotlight and change the way you see the world. No wonder The UK's Guardian called Mark Eitzel America's finest lyricist, this album has something for those who can handle strong medicine in a QVC-home shopping Benny Hinn landscape ... Benny may have great hair, but Mark, Vudi and co. are the real historians of this or any other age.


Formed: 1983 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Although chosen for its deliberately nondescript qualities, in retrospect the name American Music Club was the perfect moniker for the lauded San Francisco-based band led by singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel: over the course of nine acclaimed albums, the group tied together the disparate strands of the American musical fabric -- rock, folk, country, punk, even lounge schmaltz -- into a remarkably distinct and riveting whole, creating a brilliant and cohesive body of work dappled by moments of haunting...
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