American Football – “Give Me The Gun”

Twinkly emo cult heroes American Football are releasing a follow-up to their 1999 debut, their first new album in 17 years. Last month, we heard lead single “I’ve Been Lost For So Long,” and today we get to hear another track from the new album, “Give Me The Gun.” This one’s more looser than the first, opting for expansive and meandering mood-setting in place of wistful melancholia. “Most [American Football] songs are built from Mike [Kinsella] and Steve [Holmes]’s interlocking guitar parts,” drummer Steve Lamos explained to NPR, who debuted the track. “This one, though, begins with a drum/bass figure and evolves from there. I love how Mike’s vocals use space and phrasing to complement the odd time stuff going on underneath โ€” and I love even more how the vocal melody echoes through the guitar line in the bridge.” Listen below.

American Football is out 10/21 via Polyvinyl (US) / Wichita (UK). Pre-order it here.