from the vault: AMERICAN FOOTBALL

reppin: urbana-champaign, il // polyvinyl records

 american football (circa 2014) | photo cred: pastemagazine.com

american football (circa 2014) | photo cred: pastemagazine.com

years active: 1997 - 2000, 2014 - present

featuring: mike kinsella (also in Owen) // steve lamos // steve holmes // nate kinsella

 nick of american football | photo cred: youtube.com

nick of american football | photo cred: youtube.com

Think back to your middle school days...whether you kept a journal or played your thoughts in your head...that is what these dudes embody. A carefully crafted rock sound with so much meaning it may have made that tiny head of yours explode when you were younger. af is one of those fairy-tales that was amazing from the start but was hidden from the general population for so long. What i can only describe as a beautiful arrangement of mellow, heart-warming and delightful rock, they came and went so fast. The lyrics make you think. The music makes you smile.

With nearly 17 years between albums, these guys did not disappoint. Smooth melodies, that old school emo feel and guitars for days. The 1998 album still sits well with the present music listener, while the new gives us more of the same glory. Sit back and enjoy