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Somewhere deep down in the depths of Britain, Falmouth to be exact, there's a noisy Lo-Fi outfit called American Enthusiasm who are about to release their latest EP Holy Wow. Mostly inspired by front man Samuel Bedford's boredom, here's what the band had to tell Third...
"American Enthusiasm started out as a recording project. I wanted to make a Lo-Fi pop album in which I played all the instruments on the record. Mostly because I just wanted to make something different to the music of my previous bands for a bit of fun and something to do. This album then got condensed into the EP that we put out in September. I realized pretty soon after recording that I wanted to make a band out of it and perform live, so just started playing around with the songs and then that was that".
"With recording I guess we just like the atmosphere really simple and organized. When we were recording this upcoming EP Holy Wow, we set ourselves up in our studio space for three days and just bashed it out. We recorded it live and then I overdubbed the vocals and extra guitar parts, which I think is just the best way to do it. It didn't feel rushed and we were able to just get on with it".
"Lazy is an example of a boredom song. It was written in my post uni no job phase, which I am totally still in and is basically about having nothing to do when actually you should be doing loads and you know that".
Sheer Mag: Every sheer mag record (I don't care if that's cheating)
Modest Mouse: Lonesome Crowded West
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American Enthusiasm are a mixture of genres brought together by simple guitar layers and great pop melodies. The first taste of the upcoming EP Holy Wow is Lazy, a soft fuzzy bedroom hit. It instantly wins our hearts, mostly because the track sounds pure. The vocals seems distant but that only serves to make the sound more profound and honest, as if Sam had to scream louder and louder to finally be heard.
The whole song feels like it's played under water and you get the impression this could be louder and fuzzier. But you're wrong. It's part of their style, kind of effortless. It's also an experiment and venture towards new sounds. And yes, the music's adrenaline fueled bounce makes the misery more sweet than sad.
American Enthusiasm don't have a specific sound. It's Lo-Fi in the broadest sense of the term. Pop, Punk, Power Pop and all that jazz. On Limbaud, Elliott Smith wanders somewhere between the guitar strums and the atmosphere. The band thrash when they thrash and rely on melody and harmony when they need to create contrast. It's all portrayed in their stand out song Lift It Off.