Having recently played to a packed Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, American Football have now announced four special headline shows around the UK.
The shows come in support of the band’s acclaimed second self-titled album.
At a time when reunions have become rote, American Football is decidedly an anomaly. There is no past glory to relive or reignite, nor the burden to branch out and break from a well-worn formula.
Seventeen years later everything still feels brand new, because for them it is.
They are a band that for one reason or another closed the lid on their creative output just as they were beginning an unforeseeable upswing, and are just now after a stasis returning to uncork it with the benefit of greater maturity and better musicianship.
The sound is even more expansive, the lyrics less naive and more world-weary, the songs with greater depths to explore and layers to peel back throughout. “You can’t just forget all the other lives you’ve lived,” Mike Kinsella sings, and every single one of the nearly two decades worth of experiences since they last put pen to paper as American Football seem to bleed through on this record.
American football will be play the following dates in September:
Sept 1st | Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Sept 2nd | Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Sept 3rd | Edinburgh, UK @ Summerhall
Sept 4th | Dublin, IE @ Button Factory