American Football made indie rock and emo one in the same. The Kinsella bros switched from their hxc pranks as Cap'n Jazz into a band of open-book feelings, delicately drifting guitars and quietly fanfaring horns. Their debut LP is an absolute darling of its genre, beloved by many for whining out in the open. Perfect for adults who still feel like teens.
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I refuse to go in the other room til Led Zep have stopped shrieking and by the sounds of it, that aint going to happen anytime soon. Its now been 7 hours and 7 days since we last played any new music at the Towers such is the plethora of re-issues which hit our shelves but this is one you may want to investigate.
These lads went on to be in Capn Jazz and Owls and have that glorious emo influenced sound that also infiltrated the likes of Modest Mouse, The Dismemberment Plan and early Death Cab For Cutie. The guitars are clean and intertwine beautifully whilst the bass and drums lock in like the best math-rock groups. Yet they work within the pop format, though not particularly bothered about putting choruses where they are meant to go etc so you are always kept on your toes whilst the songs sprawl hither and thither. They aren’t necessarily always upbeat, there’s some more drifty slower numbers but the band are best when they get a shift on. ‘But the Regrets are Killing Me’ perfectly encapsulates their sound, guitars swirl around one another, beautifully recorded clean lines, the vocals are emo-influenced, slightly wracked but never shouty. Its a lovely listen.
There were plenty of bands doing this thing back then but American Football did it pretty nicely, fans of early Pinback, Very Secretary and The Promise Ring would certainly approve of these complex but airy compositions. Comes with bonus CD of live tracks and practice session tapes.
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