Watch: American Football share video for ‘My Instincts Are The Enemy’

The video follows a homesick Japanese man living in Illinois.

American Football are about to embark on their first tour of Japan, and, in tandem with the upcoming shows, have shared a new video for ‘My Instincts Are The Enemy’ from their second self-titled album, released last year.

The video follows a homesick Japanese man, living in the band’s home state of Illinois.

Talking about the video, director Chris Strong says: “I was initially asked to think of some ideas for videos on November 14, a week after Donald Trump was elected president and the same week the first trailer was released for the new Ghost in the Shell movie. There was a lot of talk in the news around that time about the reality for foreigners in the United States. There was also a lot of discussion surrounding the mostly white cast of Ghost in the Shell and the depiction of Japanese people in American film.

“Since the first American Football video for ‘Never Meant’ had so many Caucasians, I thought it might be interesting to do something that used exclusively Japanese and Japanese-Americans… Mike Kinsella and the band’s manager gave me the names of eight people they knew from previous music tours in Japan, and these people then helped to connect us with people in Japan who were interested in taking part.”

The band are set to play four UK and Irish shows later this year. Watch the video for ‘My Instincts Are The Enemy’ and view the dates below.


01 Brighton, Concorde 2
02 Manchester, Albert Hall
03 Edinburgh, Summerhall
04 Dublin, Button Factory

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