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AMERICAN FOOTBALL is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 7.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Home Favorite Never heard a band sound so much like they do in studio. Incredible
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMERICAN FOOTBALL + OWEN – MANCHESTER ALBERT HALL, UK (2ND SEPTEMBER 2017) Manchester’s Albert Hall is a truly spectacular building. A former Wesleyan Church; the stained glass windows, high ceiling, and organ pipes all lend themselves to a quirky atmosphere-one that the city’s music hipsters will truly love. On top of this, the venues openness provides some truly fantastic acoustics. In essence, this is the sort of venue that you feel was made especially for an American Football show. The hipsters’ favourite math-rock pedlars would be hard-pushed to find a better venue to showcase their intricate music. Before the headliners hit the stage, however, there’s an opening set from Owen. Mike Kinsella will be a busy man this evening-Owen being the American Football frontman’s folk-tinged indie side-project. Armed with nothing but an electric guitar, microphone, and a wooden chair, Kinsella takes to the stage with an unassuming swagger. Due to the involved storytelling of these songs, the set comprises of 8 tracks from across the project’s fairly extensive back catalogue. The looped effects usually associated with Owen are absent in the live setting, allowing for a more stripped-down, yet intimate sound. While simplistic, this set does showcase just how talented a musician Mike Kinsella is. Shredding intricate guitar licks with the greatest of ease, and singing melancholic lyrics with a vocal delivery, as crisp and engaging as it is on the records. “The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi” is a particular highlight. Following a thorough introduction to the work of Mike Kinsella, it’s soon time for the main event. Making an understated entrance to the stage, the band get straight into things, with “Where Are We Now?”-the opener to 2016’s self-titled record. The complex, shimmering soundscape resonates as clear, beautiful and haunting as it does on record. It’s immediately clear-whether because of the band’s talent, the venue’s acoustics, or a combination of the two-that this gig will be something special. Having started proceedings with a new track, the band dive straight into the deep cuts from their 1999 record of (confusingly) the same name. Running through “You know I Should Be Leaving Soon” “Honestly” and “The Summer Ends”, American Football delivers the post-rock infused emo favourites almost exactly as they sound on record. For a band who play such complicated, mathy rock music, this is far from a criticism. What is also intriguing, is the way Kinsella alters the tone of his voice for these older tracks; invoking the fragility and angst of the first record. 18 years of performing has honed his vocal skills, leaving him with a deeper more confident croon. While this is welcome on the newer material, it would be entirely inappropriate for the older songs. Following this trip down emo memory lane, the band break out two new tracks-“Born to Lose” and “Give Me the Gun”. Both further showcase Kinsella’s improved vocal delivery, and the band’s new found ability to write more immediate traditional indie-rock songs. It also provides the welcome revelation that the new tracks slot into the live set so seamlessly alongside the classics. The crowd reaction to the more recent music suggests that in 18 years, the band’s latest record will be loved just as much as its predecessor. When a band has as talented a frontman as Mike Kinsella, it’s easy to forget that American Football features three other supremely talented musicians. Live, however, it’s clear just what each member brings to the table. Steve Holmes’ noodly guitar work provides the perfect partner to Kinsella’s equally complex strumming, while the relatively recent addition of Nate Kinsella on bass provides an added depth and further texture; offering so much more than your everyday bassist. Holding everything together is Steve Lamos, whose expert drumming keeps everything ticking over nicely, and guides the rest of the band through the unusual changes in time signature. Lamos duly performs trumpet duty on “The Summer Ends” and “For Sure”-it just wouldn’t be an American Football show with out it! As with the entirety of the show, the trumpet is as clear and in tune as it is on the record. Closing with the hauntingly beautiful “Home Is Where the Haunt Is” and everyone’s favourite math-rock song “Never Meant”, the band bring an end to a truly triumphant show. The crowd know that they’ve attended a truly special gig, and undoubtedly leave in hope that it won’t be 17 years until the next record, and tour.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great event Made a special trip to see this show and could not be happier. Great music and venue.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great band, shame about the sound I was really looking forward to this gig but was left bitterly disappointed. The attraction of this band from their LPs is the delicacy and subtlety of their sound - both in Mike Kinsella's vocals and the supporting music. Light, airy and a hint of vulnerability is what springs to mind when I think of this band. This was evident in the support act which was Mike performing solo, just him and his guitar. Lovely stuff. Unfortunately, however, for the main event, we were blown away, almost literally. Don't get me wrong - they played majestically. But, anytime the drums and bass played, Mike needn't have bothered singing. I'm not sure what the mixing desk were hearing or aiming for but, for me, the bottom end was so OTT it completely spoiled the experience. Every bass drum kick was like a punch in the chest, it was ridiculous. Yes, a live gig should be exciting and a mostly young, college age audience were up for it, but first and foremost I want to hear the music properly. Sorry guys, I love your music and your performance was great...but sack the sound man.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from American Football at Summerhall were woeful One of the worst gigs of my life. You couldn't hear the vocals for the overbearing drum and bass levels. On quieter numbers, when you could hear the vocals, his voice was cracking up. The venue was awful, and all you could see were their heads. There's no point in going to see a band who are renowned for their complicated time signatures and guitar work when you can't actually see what they are doing - how about raising the stage a few feet? Finally there were some American idiots in the audience who were a-whooping and a-hollering between tracks so the band couldn't be heard speaking - in fact they gave up! I left half way through. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Venue poor band great Venue to small and hot. Band great saved it love American football
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from epic show Wanted to see both acts for many years and it didn't disappoint! It blew my mind would recommend seeing if you get a chance :) amazing sounds and lovely people!
Date published: 2017-09-02
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