American Football - “Never Meant”
The reissue of American Football’s eponymous album comes at a coincidental time for me. Graduating college. Helping friends pack up their apartments and talking about meeting up in the future. Exchanging good byes. Figuring out what it means to navigate my environment despite frustrating obstacles. How opportune then that this album chock full of songs probing into summertime, post-graduation feelings finds its way back into my life. I wasn’t there when American Football was originally released in 1999. I mean, I was alive and all, but I was just a kid. It wasn’t until my teen angst days that I came across this while trying to learn about “real emo” music. I didn’t think too much of it. Sure, it was good, but I couldn’t quite relate to it yet. After I branched out into other genres, I eventually forgot about this album. Its reissue then is a pleasant and welcome surprise. What’s great about the reissue is how inconspicuous it is. It doesn’t care if you were originally around to “get it” or not. You’re still invited to welcome these tunes into your own coming-of-age story, whatever it may be.