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American Football

2004, 9 tracks, 41 mins 8 sec

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Album Info

"American Football"

Released

  • Feb 05, 2004

Genres

  • Alternative/Indie Rock
  • Indie Rock

Label

  • Polyvinyl

Studio

  • Private Studios, Urbana, Illinois

About

American Football is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band American Football, released on September 28, 1999 by Polyvinyl Record Co. After the break-up of The One Up Downstairs, drummer Steve Lamos started jamming with guitarist Steve Holmes. With the addition of vocalist/guitarist Mike Kinsella, the band released a self-titled EP in October 1998 through Polyvinyl. With Brendan Gamble taking producer duties, the group recorded their debut album at Private Studios in Urbana, Illinois. The album's sound is a throwback to early Joan of Arc, a band in which Kinsella previously played drums; the band focused on the interaction between two guitars after listening to Steve Reich. A few of the songs were unfinished by the time the band got to the studio, and they decided to finish them there. The artwork, photographed by Chris Strong, was of a house located within walking distance of the University of Illinois.
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