Review: Football, Etc., ‘Disappear’
Shoutout to the James Cassar twitter feed for introducing me to Football, Etc. I don’t know what I was doing that allowed for me to miss out on this band for so long, but I’m glad that he tweeted about this three piece. There’s something so charming about this band’s sound, and their new 7” called ‘Disappear’ has the potential to, ironically, put this band in front of a much bigger audience than they currently have. Their blend of subdued indie pop is undeniable, and this new EP feels like a huge step in the right direction for Football, Etc.
That’s not to say that ‘Disappear’ feels like it’s anything out of left field, because it doesn’t. This feels like something natural and organic for the band, and shows a continual growth in terms of sonic direction. Slowcore is a thing right? I think I’ve heard people use that term when talking about Joie De Vivre, and that shoe is a perfect fit here. The music feels sweet, drawn out, and poetic. There’s a quality to Lindsay Minton’s voice that feels incredibly humble and nurturing.
When I first heard “Sunday,” I was taken aback at how well everything worked together. The vocals and the music feel like one singular being, as opposed to two forces working in cohesion. I still feel this way every time the song comes on, and I always struggle to pause or stop listening if need be. The lyrics weren’t what drew me in, but after constant listening, they’re one of the main reasons that I continue to come back to it. I touched on their music being poetic, and that really shines through on this track. Lines like the opening “Sometimes I find myself in an awful place/but I can pretend that I am not there/and I disappear when I am fine again” resonate with me, and I’m a sucker for lyrics.
I was surprised when I heard “Receive” for the first time. The song breaks away from the slowcore label that I attached (and still attach) their sound to, and works incredibly well. The vocals still sound so polished. They aren’t raw or yelping, but they emote a feeling of comfortable sadness in their subdued tone. This is the shortest and the most up-tempo track on the record. It’s a surprising change of pace, and it works in their favor.
‘Disappear’ as a whole is an incredible listen, and really has me excited for the future for Football, Etc. The only criticism I have is that if you’re not paying attention, the first two songs “Sunday” and “Sweep” feel like one song, and you may not notice that you’re into a new song until “Receive” kicks in. I can’t wait to hear what the future has in store for Football, Etc. and I hope to see them continue to grow and become a cherished gem in the indie community. 4/5.