Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

American Football @ GAMH

Great American Music Hall

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM (PDT)

American Football @ GAMH

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
ADVANCE - show @ 8pm
General Admission. Limited seating, mostly standing. NOTE: As long as the show has not sold out, tickets can be purchased directly from the Slim's or GAMH box offices with no service charge.
May 13, 2019 $27.00 $7.79
DOOR - show @ 8pm
Day of show ticket price. General Admission. Limited seating, mostly standing. NOTE: Unless the show has sold out, tickets can be purchased without a service fee at the box office on the night of show. If the show sells out in advance, these tickets will not go on sale.
Not Started $30.00 $7.98
DINNER + ADMISSION - show @ 8pm
Reserved Section. Dinner ticket includes: 1.) Priority Admission [when doors open, dinners go in first] 2.) Seating in our reserved balcony section 3.) A 3-course, fixed price meal (start with salad, choose your entree, choose your dessert) Dinners should arrive no later than 90 minutes after the Door time for the show.
May 13, 2019 $51.95 $9.32

Share American Football @ GAMH

Event Details

On sale Friday, 1/25 @ 10am
Door 7 / Show 8

The quietest voices can be the most durable.

American Football’s original triumph, on their 1999 self-titled debut, was to reunite two shy siblings: emo and post-rock. It was a pioneering album where lyrical clarity was obscured and complicated by the stealth musical textures surrounding it.

Like Slint’s ​Spiderland​, or Codeine’s ​The White Birch, ​even Talk Talk’s ​Laughing Stock,​ ​American Football​ asked far more questions than it cared to answer. But there wasn’t a band around anymore to explain it, anyway. The three young men who made the album – Mike Kinsella, Steve Holmes, and Steve Lamos – split up pretty much on its release.

Fifteen years later, American Football reunited (now as a four-piece, with the addition of Nate Kinsella). They played far larger shows than in their original incarnation and recorded their long-anticipated second album, 2016’s ​American Football (LP2).​ The release was widely praised, but the band members still felt like their best work was yet to come.

‘I feel like the second album was us figuring it out,’ says Nate. ‘For me, it wasn’t quite ​done.​ I knew there was still more.’

Enter ​American Football (LP3)​. ‘We put a lot of time and a lot of energy into it,’ says Mike. ‘We were all thoughtful about what we wanted to put out there. Last time, it was figuring out how to use ​all ​of our different arms. This time, we were like – Ok we have these a​ rms, let’s use them.’ The band used the same producer, Jason Cupp, and recorded the album at the same studio (Arc Studios in Omaha, Nebraska) as its predecessor – yet they approached it in a markedly different way. There was a determination to let the songs breathe, to trust in ideas finding their own pace. The final result is a definite, and deliberate, stretching of the band.

As a result,​ LP3 ​is less obviously tethered to the band’s past than the second album. An immediate contrast between ​LP3 ​and its two predecessors is its cover. The two previous albums featured the exterior and interior of a residence in the band’s original hometown of Urbana, Illinois (now attracting fans for pilgrimages and photo opportunities), by the photographer Chris Strong. But American Football knew that LP3​ was an ​outside ​record. Instead of the familiar house, this time the cover photo (again by Strong) features open, rolling fields on Urbana’s borders. It is a sign of the album’s magnitude in sound, and of the band’s boldness in breaking away from home comforts.

American Football also joked that ​LP3’​ s genre was ‘post-house’, because of this very conscious visual break. But, in a strange way, there ​are​ links in ​LP3​ with an actual post-house genre: shoegaze. The more exploratory members of the original British shoegaze scene were inspired by the dreamtime and circularity of house music (ambient house in particular), cherishing its sonic possibilities. That spirit drips into LP3,​ most obviously on ‘I Can’t Feel You’, a collaboration with Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.

The album also features Hayley Williams from Paramore on the album’s catchiest moment, ‘Uncomfortably Numb’, and Elizabeth Powell, of the Québécoise​ a​ ct Land Of Talk. Mike wrote lyrics in French especially for her.

LP3 ​is contemplative, rich, expressive, yet with a queasy undercurrent. It is heavy with expectancy, revealing its ideas slowly, eliciting the hidden stories people carry around with them. ‘I feel like my lyric writing has changed a lot over the years,’ says Mike. ‘The goal is to be conversational, maybe to state something giant and heavy, but in a very plain way. But, definitely in this record, I keep things a little more vague.’ As on the first album, the lyrics on ​LP3 ​may seem confessional and concentrated, but the more you scrutinize them, the further their meaning slinks away. Or, as Mike tellingly sings on ‘I Can’t Feel You”: ​I’m fluent in subtlety.​

‘Somewhere along the way we moved from being a reunion band to just being a band,’ says Steve Holmes. American Football is now a ​bona fide o​ ngoing focus, and they are making some of the best music of their lives. ​American Football (LP3) stands with two other rare reunion successes – ​Slowdive ​and My Bloody Valentine’s mbv​ –​ ​as a fine example of how a band refinding one another can augment, rather than taint, their legacy.

‘I think that there are those albums, or the music that you heard when you were younger, and they imprint on you,’ says Nate. ‘And no matter where you go, or what you do they’re always there.’ He is talking of Steve Reich – an early and ongoing influence on American Football – but he might as well be reflecting what is said of his own band, and the ardent following they inspire. American Football stands as an enduring symbol of elusive emotional landscapes, where introspection can be as dramatic as confrontation.

 

TICKET INFORMATION 
• Great American Music Hall is an ALL-AGES (6+) venue.
• No refunds or exchanges are permitted, except in the case of headliner cancellation or date change. Opening acts are subject to change.
• There is an 8 ticket limit per customer unless otherwise stated.
• NEVER buy third party tickets (Craigslist, StubHub, etc.) for over face value. Scalped tickets may not be honored.
• Once you purchase, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite on behalf of Slim’s Presents.
• IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you still do not see your order confirmation, click here to access the Eventbrite help center.
• If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, click here to contact Eventbrite. For general show info, click here.

Have questions about American Football @ GAMH? Contact Great American Music Hall

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where


Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM (PDT)


  Add to my calendar

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.