Champaign-Urbana’s annual Pygmalion Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary 9/25-28, and a band with local roots and global influence will close out the festivities. American Football, the emo and math-rock luminaries whose sole full-length album is about to be reissued, will play the first of two announced reunion shows at Pygmalion as part of a lineup that also includes Chvrches, Deafheaven, Sun Kil Moon, Real Estate, Panda Bear, Speedy Ortiz, Mutual Benefit, Ex Hex, Wooden Shjips, and more. A second American Football show will follow 10/11 at New York’s Webster Hall. These will be the first American Football shows in 15 years.
Pitchfork relayed a statement from American Football guitarist Steve Holmes: “Obviously, we knew the time was ripe for three middle aged dudes to play some old songs about teenage feelings, and stand around tuning guitars for a long time.”
The Pygmalion Festival benefits the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research. Get more info on the fest here. For a preview of the American Football concert experience, check out the live bonus track we premiered this month.