American Football have just saved a piece of emo history.
The band announced today (May 5) that they have successfully purchased the house seen on the front cover of their iconic 1999 self-titled debut album.
In a statement posted on social media, the band said “Last Fall, we received word that 704 W High Street in Urbana might be sold soon. Shortly thereafter American Football, Polyvinyl, Chris Strong, Atiba Jefferson, and Open House Contemporary made a pact: we’d all buy the house together before developers could demolish it and build a condo.”
“Today, with sincere joy, we are excited to share that we have collectively purchased The American Football House in an effort to preserve its place and legacy within the community that built it.”
“Here’s to keeping this landmark alive for many more years to come.”
According to a new post by Polyvinyl, the house was built in 1883 and “has become a historical monument to not only the band, but every fan who’s listened to their era-defining debut that established its quaint facade as iconic midwest imagery.”
The house’s interior staircase was featured on the cover of the band’s LP2, released in 2016, and it can also be seen in the official music video for ‘Never Meant’:
The band will hit the UK for 2000 Trees Festival this July.