After 17 years of waiting, Illinois emo pioneers American Football announced today that they’ll be releasing their second record on the 21st of October 2016. Self-titled, like their iconic debut, the album will be released via Polyvinyl in the U.S. and Wichita in the UK and Europe. The band have also shared the first cut off the album, which is titled I’ve Been So Lost For So Long (which can be listened to below).
The band originally reunited in 2014, 14 years after their initial split, when they started playing live shows again. In a new interview with Pitchfork, the band revealed that the new album was recorded earlier this year at ARC Studios in Omaha and SHIRK Studios in Chicago. The album was created out of the band wanting to have an excuse to see each other monthly, rather than just out of “playing the same nine songs for people.”
American Football have also announced a string of four live dates, which see the band visiting Chicago, New York, London and Los Angeles. These are the only dates released thus far, but expect more shows to possibly roll out soon.
29th October 2016 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
28th January 2017 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
11th February 2017 – London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
25th February 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Ace Hotel Theatre
You can pre-order the album over on their site, in which the band are releasing on vinyl (3 separate coloured variants), CD and digital. See the tracklisting below
01 Where Are We Now?
02 My Instincts Are the Enemy
03 Home Is Where the Haunt Is
04 Born to Lose
05 I’ve Been So Lost for So Long
06 Give Me the Gun
07 I Need a Drink (or Two or Three)
08 Desire Gets in the Way
09 Everyone Is Dressed Up