Steve Lamos, the founding drummer and trumpeter for American Football, has left the band. Lamos announced his departure in a post on the legendary emo outfit’s social media pages. “After many years with American Football, my life situation has changed,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, I now need to move on from the band.”
Lamos did not elaborate further on his decision, but his duties also include being an English professor at the University of Colorado, as Stereogum points out. His note continues: “I’d like to thank Mike, Holmes, Nate, Garzon, and Cory; Amber, Cara, and Butch; Jason, Jim, and Todd; Matt, Darcie, Seth, and everyone else at Polyvinyl; Atiba, Damien, Evan, SB, Sarah V, Dan, Sarah T, Meric, Logan, and the many other amazing artists and people whom I’ve come to know through AF. I wish you all the best as the band moves on to its next phase. Finally, I’d like to thank AF fans: you have provided me with some truly amazing experiences—and some truly amazing memories. I’m deeply grateful.”
Lamos co-founded American Footabll alongside frontman Mike Kinsella and guitarist Steve Holmes in 1997. The band broke up within a year of the release of its iconic 1999 debut, and reformed in 2014 with the addition of Kinsella’s cousin Nate on bass, releasing two more self-titled albums in 2016 and 2019.
A message from Steve Lamos: pic.twitter.com/00eq3TjAdV
— American Football (@americfootball) July 16, 2021