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American Football

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 went on to perform solo as Owen, as well as with his brother Tim in the equally elusive rock group Owls. American Football's legacy would grow following their dissolution, with new fans discovering their album as it went through various re-pressings over the years.

In 2014, the band reunited for a handful of sold-out shows in N.Y.C. to celebrate the album's 15th anniversary reissue, which included unreleased bonus tracks and demo recordings. They then took their reunion on the road, adding Kinsella's brother Nate on bass and playing packed houses in London, Tokyo, and around the world. It went so well that the band decided to record a new album. After writing new songs the quartet hit the studio for a couple months, updating their sound with age and experience, but still sounding remarkably like they did on their debut. Also titled American Football and released by Polyvinyl, the album was released in October of 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: American Football

1. Never Meant

2. The Summer Ends

3. Honestly?

4. For Sure

5. You Know I Should Be Leaving

6. But The Regrets Are Killing Me

7. I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional

8. Stay Home

9. The One With The Wurlitzer

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Track List: American Football (Deluxe Edition)

1. Never Meant

2. The Summer Ends

3. Honestly?

4. For Sure

5. You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon

6. But The Regrets Are Killing Me

7. I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional

8. Stay Home

9. The One With The Wurlitzer

10. Intro (Live At The Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997)

11. Five Silent Miles (Live At The Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997)

12. Untitled #1 (The One With The Trumpet) (Boombox Practice Session, 1998)

13. Untitled #2 (Boombox Practice Session, 1998)

14. Stay Home (Boombox Practice Session, 1998)

15. Untitled #3 (Boombox Practice Session, 1999)

16. Never Meant (4-Track Album Prep, 1999)

17. But The Regrets Are Killing Me (4-Track Album Prep, 1999)

18. I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional (4-Track Album Prep, 1999)

19. The 7's (Live At The Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997)

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Track List: American Football (LP2)

1. Where Are We Now?

2. My Instincts Are The Enemy

3. Home Is Where The Haunt Is

4. Born To Lose

5. I've Been So Lost For So Long

6. Give Me The Gun

7. I Need A Drink (Or Two Or Three)

8. Desire Gets In The Way

9. Everyone Is Dressed Up

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Track List: EP

1. The One With The Tambourine

2. Letters And Packages

3. Five Silent Miles

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Track List: Give Me The Gun (Single)

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Track List: I've Been So Lost For So Long (Single)

1. I've Been So Lost For So Long

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1 kids your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 pick a school day
5 post this on 5 other songs and ur crush will ask you out
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This band still gives me chills whenever I hear them
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You suck
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Good song!!! Hey ballrider why don't you suck a dick! I mean just cuz your not good at nothing don't mean you have to put down a good band!!! So yeah f**k off and die ho
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Great Math Rock Right Here. Very complex layers…
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Love American football and mineral n knapsack n promise ring and sunny day real estate lol there's so many n their all epic n short lived
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Takes me back to high school days...in a good way. Will always love them. Memories...
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Love these guys
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kenny5551
@ beetlerider2 . . . You have a Weird Al station for F*cks sake! Give me a break, you're a joke.
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I hate this band I was looking for National Football League Talk Radio stations I hope this band everyone in it F**king dies this msic sucks fighting a**
SIEG F**KING HEIL!
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dustin_mcg
I'm a huge fan of the band Transit. They have said that American Football is one of their favorite bands/influe n c e s .
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Mike has been a part of so many great bands
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check out "This Town Needs Guns" if you like these guys
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why are the best bands so short lived? shame.
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Suggesting 'Similar Artists' like Death Cab for Cutie does nothing for American footbal - there isn't a group out there that compares - truley musical genius!
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any of these guys hitch up with another act?
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Mike Kinsella is a riff-genious .
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a hidden gem
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love this stuff... just love it

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