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American Football’s seminal eponymous debut LP will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its unassuming release tomorrow on September 14th.

Polyvinyl Record Co. marks the occasion with the announcement of a collection of newly mastered and previously unreleased instrumental demos.

Year One Demos will be released on 12” vinyl and digitally on December 13th and is available for pre-order now (

The recordings found on Year One Demos are a glimpse back at that inauspicious time, and according to Steve Lamos who recently re-discovered the original tape (labeled with the date May 31, 1997), is the first proper set of demos the band ever made. “My dad ‘recorded’ this in the basement of the house I grew up in,” says Lamos. “As far as I can recall, he set up two vocal mics, at 90-degree angles, set the levels, showed me how to turn the Roberts two-track to ‘record,’ and then went upstairs while we played.”

The band will play Riot Fest in Chicago this weekend on Sunday 9/15, following gigs in Kansas City and St. Louis tonight and Saturday night respectively. The band are also excited to announce an intimate three night stand at Schubas Tavern, with shows on December 29th, 30th, and culminating on New Years Eve. The shows will coincide with the legendary Chicago venue’s 30th anniversary. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

09/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Granada Theatre

09/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

11/02 – Camden, London, UK @ Mirrors Festival

11/03 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell (Two Shows)

11/04 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla

12/29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

12/30 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

12/31 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

Year One Demos Tracklist:

  1. Five Silent Miles (Demo)
  2. Song #1 / Song #2 (Demo)
  3. The Summer Ends (Demo)
  4. For Sure (Demo)

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You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day. If I'm not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc of vinyl.

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