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Somewhere along the way we moved from being a reunion band to just being a band,’ says Steve Holmes. American Football is now a bona fide ongoing focus, and they are making some of the best music of their lives. American Football (LP3) stands with two other rare reunion successes – Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine’s mbv – as a fine example of how a band refinding one another can augment, rather than taint, their legacy. Adams, Gregory (December 24, 2014). "American Football "Never Meant" (live video)". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015. Cohen, Ian (May 21, 2014). "American Football - American Football". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017.

Adams, Gregory (March 20, 2014). "American Football's Debut Album Gets Expanded Vinyl Reissue". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015.

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Cook, Julia (May 31, 2014). "Five Recent Reissues Worth Owning". Paste. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015.

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Goggins, Joe (June 5, 2014). "Not So Emotional?: American Football's Mike Kinsella on reflection, reminiscence and resurrection - The Line Of Best Fit". The Line of Best Fit. Archived from the original on June 17, 2015 . Retrieved June 17, 2015. a b c d e f Montesinos-Donaghy, Daniel (May 29, 2014). "Spotlight: American Football - S/T". Clash Magazine. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015. Vinyl Albums: June 7, 2014". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016 . Retrieved July 6, 2015.

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The album also features Hayley Williams from Paramore on the album’s catchiest moment, ‘Uncomfortably Numb’, and Elizabeth Powell, of the Québécoise act Land Of Talk. Mike wrote lyrics in French especially for her. The house on the artwork, located on 704 W. High St in Urbana, Illinois, is within walking distance of the University of Illinois. [17] [18] Photography was done by Chris Strong and was designed by Strong and Suraiya Nathani. [16] None of the band members lived in the house; according to Kinsella, "it was friends of friends" who lived in the house when they went to college. [13] Joe Goggins, writing for The Line of Best Fit, wrote that "Like all the best cover shots," the photo symbolizes "the music it prefaces in such an intangible, elusive way". [13] Also noting that the album " sounds like it could only have been made in small-town America," and that the cover art " looks as if it could only really have been taken in similar surroundings." [13] The house became a landmark for emo music fans, who often visit the house to take photos. Music journalist Sean Neumann, who documented the history of the house for Vice, noted that fans have carved markings into the sidewalk in front of the home where Strong took the original photograph. [17] The house would later take a leading position in the band's reunion, [13] and the interior of the house later used for the cover of their eponymous second album. Kinsella revealed that the repeated references to the house was due to the fact it was one of the few images related to the band. [13] [nb 3] Fallon, Patric (July 22, 2014). "30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo". Stereogum. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015. Ankeny, Jason. "Very Secretary - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 29, 2015 . Retrieved June 17, 2015. a b Kivel, Adam (September 11, 2014). "The 25 Most Anticipated Tours of Fall 2014". Consequence of Sound. p.22. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015 . Retrieved June 14, 2015.

Cosores, Philip (May 27, 2014). "American Football: American Football Reissue Review". Paste. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015 . Retrieved May 17, 2015. Cohen, Ian (May 21, 2014). "American Football: American Football". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on June 19, 2015 . Retrieved June 14, 2015. Frontman Mike Kinsella previously played in Chicago-based bands Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc alongside his brother Tim. [4] Mike played drums for both bands. [2] In 1997 Kinsella started The One Up Downstairs, [2] whose line-up consisted of Allen Johnson on bass, Steve Lamos on drums, David Johnson on guitar, and Kinsella himself on vocals. [5] The One Up Downstairs recorded three songs that were planned for a 7" vinyl release by Polyvinyl. [2] However, the band broke up before it was pressed, thus the record was shelved. [2] [nb 1] Shortly afterwards, Lamos was jamming with guitarist Steve Holmes, [6] who was Kinsella's college roommate. [7] [nb 2] Kinsella thought he "could add something", [6] resulting in the trio forming American Football. [9] The band got their name from a poster that Lamos' girlfriend had spotted. [7] The poster read, "Come see American Football, the most overpaid athletes in the world." [7] a b "American Football - Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Archived from the original on July 29, 2015 . Retrieved June 14, 2015.American Football (known colloquially as LP3, as all the band’s studio albums are self-titled) awakens with microscopic bell chimes and shudders of vibraphone as the seven minutes of “Silhouettes” swaddle the band’s guitar lattices in reverb and glitter-gray exhaust. It’s Steve Reich reincarnated as a tinny iPhone alarm on lead singer Mike Kinsella’s nightstand, going off after a sleepless night. “Oh, the muscle memory it must take to stay,” Kinsella sings, a sharp turn from the typical American Football song where ex-lovers wistfully stare into a Midwestern autumn sunset, or his work with the band Owen, where he’s staring down an Old Style at last call. And yet, a line like, “Tell me again what’s the allure of inconsequential love,” speaks to the pull of having at least felt something, an escape from the mundanity that creeps into any love of consequence. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Gormely, Ian (May 6, 2014). "Tim & Mike Kinsella". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015 . Retrieved June 15, 2015. Simpson, Greg (May 22, 2014). "American Football – American Football [Reissue]". Punknews.org . Retrieved June 12, 2015. In a 2019 interview with Noisey, Polyvinyl co-founder Matt Lundford described the album's subsequent sales figures and influence in the years following its release as "a constant climb upwards." [21] Lunford recalled that American Football "just kept organically being discovered by people, and then inspiring people and inspiring bands, and then being rediscovered." [21] Reissue and touring [ edit ]



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