Review Saturday: American Football – "Give Me The Gun"

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American Football
“Give Me The Gun”
American Football
Polyvinyl

The first time I was digging into American Football‘s reissue of their self-titled debut album, I have to admit, I thought American Football is a new band with great songs; “Never Meant” became my jam for weeks, and I couldn’t stop singing it. Oh, boy, how wrong I was when I found out that American Football is released in 1999, and their 2014’s album is the reissue of the cult-following American Football’s debut album. What makes me shocked is how ageless the songs in American Football are, enduring the tests of time–and that’s the proof of how eternal their album is. The reissue of American Football cannot be more prompt as well, as it marks the start of the revival of emo music, the genre music du jour in late 1990’s and beginning of 2000’s, that happens in 2014 until now. And it’s no surprise when American Football decides to release their second self-titled album, the world rejoice.

After dropping “I’ve Been Lost For So Long”, the song that fits their absence of their second album for this seventeen years, the Illinois emo legend guns another taste from their latest album, “Give Me The Gun”. It begins with the concoction of Holmes’ guitar and Lamos’ drum, “Give Me The Gun” reminisces their old songs, bringing back nostalgia of the emo phase of our life where everything seems so gloomy and portentous back then. Still, “Give Me The Gun” talks about the critical  part of a relationship, where Kinsella’s love interest is in the edge of her life as he sings, “But I’m scared for us both.” with his Owen-acquired throaty voice, something that’s nonexistent in their debut album. “Give Me The Gun” rolls like an unfinished story, when Kinsella ends the story with just, “You’re made of wet paper” in minute two, and leave the rest of the song with just instrumental guitar and drums, pointing the fragility of his love interest and leaving their fate unknown

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