Video: American Football – My Instincts Are The Enemy

American Football have shared the music video for My Instincts Are The Enemy, a highlight from their second self-titled album American Football, out now on Wichita Recordings.

Directed by Chris Strong and with sequences filmed in Japan (Tokyo, Matsumoto, and Nagoya) and Toluca, Illinois, the video “imagines a Japanese character temporarily living in small town central Illinois missing his home.” Strong goes on to share the following about the video:

“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.”

American Football is available now on Polyvinyl and Wichita. Get it here.