Football, etc. Photo: Gia Quilap
No matter what you might think of a genre, for bands to succeed within them, they have to grow. Growing and branching out into new territory is what makes a band, and music in general, more interesting. In a world where people seem to clamor for bands to make the same albums over and over, Houston’s Football, etc. has essentially grown more than the bulk of the third wave emo bands performing today. On their last EP, Disappear, the three-piece added softer elements to their rougher sound and what came forth was a beautiful collection of songs I thought would be impossible to top. I was wrong. On their upcoming album Corner, they create the best album of their career and a contender for one of the best albums of 2017. Complete with more “adult” songwriting, they’ve thrown off the emo shackles while keeping some of the core elements that made us all love them intact. On their new single “Foul,” found exclusively here, that mixture is at the forefront of the track from start to finish.
Things start like most emo core, full of in-your-face guitar and a snappy drum beat from Daniel Hawkins that seems to leap out of your headphones. However, once vocalist Lindsay Minton begins to sing, her fevered intimacy comes through brighter and more focused than on the band’s previous work. Complete with a driving bass from Mercy Harper, the band takes things into a more terse indie rock direction that completely pays off. The breakdown without guitar on the song pops harder when the guitar returns and adds an undeniable intensity to the already catchy song.
I have no doubt that you’ll fall for this song upon first listen. You can hear it as much as you want when Corner is released May 26 through Community Records. You can hear it live when Football, etc. performs in Houston on Saturday, June 10 at Rudyard’s. The 21 & up show will feature sets from Ruiners, Yorick and Greg Cote & the Real Life Friends with doors at 8 pm with an $8 cover. Football, etc. kicks off their world tour in Turin, Italy on July 1, and you can pre-order Corner.