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'Song Exploder' Podcast Puts American Football In The Hot Seat This Weekend

By Katie Karpowicz in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 10, 2015 5:30PM

Like most projects involving the Kinsella brothers, American Football has a bit of a reputation for being enigmatic. The band began in Champaign-Urbana in 1997 and went on to produce a self-titled EP and LP­­. They were some of the first releases to cross reference the quickly emerging modern emo genre with the twinkling, irregular sounds of math rock.

When the band initially broke up in 2000, it was long thought that the twelve songs American Football produced between 1998 and 1999 would forever make up the entirety of the band's legacy. However, fans' hope for new material took a very realistic turn last year when the four-piece reunited after nearly a decade and half.

We can't start looking too far into the future without reflecting back to the beginning though. The Song Exploder podcast is putting the members of American Football in the hot seat tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall for a live recording. Host Hrishikesh Hirway's show breaks down single tracks from acclaimed bands' catalogs, piece by piece, and gets to the heart of how they were created.

The typically self-effacing members of American Football will join Hirway for a rare in-depth discussion of "The One With The Tambourine," the first track off the eponymous debut EP and, consequentially, many fans' earliest introduction to the band.

Tickets to the taping are $15 and available to anyone 18 or older.