He says the continued reception has continued to surprise him.
"We just finished up nine or ten dates overseas and I think in some ways it’s still a mystery when we go to someplace like Osaka, Japan and a bunch of people show up, or we'd play in Milan or somewhere like that, and people have heard this stuff
After the reunion tour, the band decided to write and put out a second album that still holds the twinkly and emotional feel of 1999 American Football, but includes nostalgic lyrics and reflections on past emotions that influence the band members lives today, as adults.
"I don’t think it could be more different," Lamos says. "When we made the first album we were all in college, we were all living within a few blocks of each other," he says. "Our getting together and making noise was just part of our daily, weekly life."
For the latest album, Lamos says everyone is in different places. "Mike and Steve still live in the Chicago area, but
The title of the new album, colloquially referred to LP2, is simple and straight to the point just like
their first release. "I think it was part of the joke," Lamos says. "We didn't bother to name the first one, really. And, there's a band that we really all like called Sunny Day Real Estate and I think they did kind of the same thing, so we're just joking on that. I think it's even made it harder to find."
The recent LP begins with the most appropriate song titled "Where Are We Now?" And after 17 years, each member ended up on their own path. Lamos jokes, "
Each member of the band has at least one child. "I don’t think any of the kids think, 'Oh, what dad is doing is cool,'" Lamos says. "I think they think it’s just a weird thing their parents do."
How much longer will the band last? For now, Lamos says the band is just enjoying the recognition. "I think when that gets old we should be done because I think if we ever get to expect this or get accustomed to it then the mystery will be gone, and it will be time to do something else," Lamos says. "But, I can’t imagine that for any of us it would ever really come to that point. It’s a gift to be able to experience this, so we appreciate it."
While the band's revival has been a humbling experience, Lamos is quick to point out it’s not a strategy that could necessarily be reproduced. "I wouldn’t recommend that most bands break up," he says. "It’s a weird thing and it hasn’t happened to any of us in any other context, nor will it happen again."
When asked to a word of advice to younger bands out there, Lamos admits he is completely unqualified to do so given the circumstance of American Football. But he still gives it a shot.
"Try to do something meaningful because you love it and you don't know where it's going to take you," he says. "Be sincere about it and I think if you are, other people will pick up on it, no matter what it is."
American Football plays at the Majestic Theater, Saturday, July 15. Tickets are $27.50; Doors are at 7 p.m; all ages.