American Football have announced a new London show at The Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, 27th August as a warm-up ahead of their highly anticipated Reading / Leeds performances on the Radio 1 / NME stages.
The band first visited the UK last month, surprising and delighting long term fans and winning new admirers alike, those dates following on from American Football’s incredibly successful US reunion tour, and the recent reissue of their seminal self-titled album.
In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the US indie Polyvinyl catalogue. Though the trio — Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes — only played a few shows and released just one other record (a three-song EP that preceded this full-length), their influence and legacy has steadily continued to grow in the time after they disbanded.
From its now iconic artwork to the band’s unique songwriting approach (highlighted by an emphasis on shifting time signatures and sincere lyrics), American Football proves a record doesn’t become a true classic through flashiness or catering to trends, but rather the deep emotional connection it forges between the music and the listener.
A testament to the act’s lasting influence, American Football maintains a loyal fan base eager for material from the band. Due to an outpouring of request, in 2004 Polyvinyl reissued American Football on vinyl. Following up on past success and requests, in 2008 Polyvinyl issued a 1-sided 12″ of the American Football EP with new photography by Chris Strong. Despite the small amount of recorded work and hardly any touring, American Football remains one of Polyvinyl Records most beloved bands to this day.
UPCOMING UK DATES:
Thursday 27th August – Brooklyn Bowl, London (in the 02 complex)
Friday 28th August – Reading Festival
Saturday 29th August – Leeds Festival