Lo, and on Tuesday, the heavens opened and tears of joy (and sadness) poured down like emotionally complex rain. Illinois band and stuff of emo legend American Football released a new song and announced a forthcoming album.
The long-long-long-long-awaited follow-up to the band’s 1999’s self-titled LP is slated to drop Oct. 21, and it will also be titled “American Football,” which will be very confusing but also who cares.
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Listen to the new track, “I’ve Been Lost For So Long,” but consider getting in your car and driving around a dark, lonely neighborhood first.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/278986607" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]
Though frontman Mike Kinsella has steadily released music through his solo project, Owen, since the band broke up (including a new album earlier this year), new material from American Football would have been unthinkable a year ago. But after a rapturously received reunion tour last year, which included a Fun Fun Fest stop, anything is possible if only you believe hard enough.
Some good news, before the summer ends.