*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Earshot Media*
DC’s American Television has turned the pandemic into a year of activism. Their cover of Operation Ivy’s “Officer” was recorded in response to police brutality that plagues the Black community and now plagues Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The song was featured on Wiretap Records’ Attention! comp which raised money for the NAACP.
Stream/share the track here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1NXN8CqunXRMS3Jq5ofQc2?highlight=spotify:track:2jqC5tRGATZYGvWXPnqscp
Additionally, in 2020 the band has raised money for Black Lives Matter, Equal Justice Initiative, Doctors Without Borders, the workers at their t-shirt printer (Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations), and before the pandemic, they took action during the Australian wildfires by raising money for WIRES.
Their debut LP, ‘Watch It Burn,’ released on Wiretap Records in January 2020. The band has been re-scheduled for Fest 19 in October 2021.
What others have said about American Television:
“…we definitely need more of American Television making this kind of poignant and pertinent music in the punk realm today.”- Punknews
“Watch It Burn doesn’t let up from start to finish, peppering listeners, with an aggressive and powerful yet bouncy mid-tempo melodic punk record.”- *Keep Track of the Time*
“There are snapping drums, a strong guitar sound, and a sense that this band is giving its all on the recording. To top it off, there is an abundance of energy from start to finish.”- Razorcake
“…hard-edged pop punk, reminding me of a blend of the power of Orange County bands and the melodic sensibility of Teenage Bottlerocket. There’s an aggressive undercurrent in these songs that doesn’t let up – every song has that powerful sound. Yet there’s tons of melody, bunches of bounce.”- Jersey Beat
” ….songs of pure punk rock, apocalyptic sh*t for apocalyptic times. From the opening power chord “Awkward Universe” to the closing, well, power chord of “Great Divide,” the songs of Watch it Burn blister forward with all of the energy of a car on fire.”- Mixed Frequencies
“…a melodic punk rock gem that leans on its guitar riffs and rhythms to chug you alongside the fuel-charged vocals …they knock you square in the teeth by singing directly and honestly about a lot of today’s hot button issues. This is an album for the old school, punk rock heart; One designed for (those) who can’t get enough of bands like Face to Face, Millencolin, Pennywise and The Lawrence Arms.”- All Ages Zine
“10 tracks that feel like a molotov cocktail of rad, mixing in elements of ‘The Dopamines, ‘Anti Flag’ and Saves The Day if Chris Conley had spent his youth chugging beer bombs and gurgling gasoline.”- Bloggin Rotten
American Television is:
Steve Rovery – Vox/Guitar
Jerred Lazar – Guitar/Vox
Bryan Flowers – Drums
Edwin Wikfors – Bass