Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album Icky Mettle on August 2.
Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle will come with bonus material including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and b-sides from the Icky Mettle era. It will be available in stores beginning August 2 on CD, limited-edition blue vinyl and digital download. Reissues of Vee Vee, All the Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow next year.
Download "What Did You Expect" from an out-of-print Merge 7-inch included on the Icky Mettle reissue
Singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price formed Archers of Loaf in Chapel Hill, NC in 1991. Icky Mettle was the first of four studio albums for the band that seemed to personify what SPIN Magazine deemed "a tremendously optimistic time in underground music, that 15-minute period in the early 1990s when it looked like indie rock really might take over the world."
After a now famous “secret show” opening for The Love Language at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC last January, Archers of Loaf kicked off their first tour since the fall of 1998 with a sold-out show at the Grey Eagle in their home town of Asheville, NC. A raucous set at the Sasquatch Festival over Memorial Day weekend followed and was captured by NPR Music. The band will perform multiple dates at smaller venues across the country in an effort to replicate the more raw experience for which they are famous.
The band has just announced four additional shows: July 24 at The Earl in Atlanta, August 20 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, September 8 at MusicfestNW in Portland and September 9 at Neumo’s in Seattle. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, June 4th, with a fan club pre-sale on Friday, June 3rd.
In addition to these dates, Archers of Loaf will make their late night television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 24.
Pre-order Icky Mettle on CD or limited-edition blue vinyl LP now in the Merge store to receive an exclusive download of live video from the January 2011 show at the Cat’s Cradle as well as a download of the re-mastered original album.
Listen to the band's live session for KEXP taped last weekend, and find information about signing up for the Archers of Loaf fan club at their official website. Follow them on Facebook, too!
Archers of Loaf on tour:
June 3 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
June 4 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour SOLD OUT
June 11 Austin, TX Emo's
June 12 Dallas, TX The LOFT at the Palladium
June 25 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg SOLD OUT
June 26 New York, NY Webster Hall
July 8 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
July 9 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge SOLD OUT
July 22 Atlanta, GA The Earl SOLD OUT
July 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl SOLD OUT
July 24 Atlanta, GA The Earl (On Sale Friday for fan club & Saturday for general public)
Aug 5 Washington, DC Black Cat SOLD OUT
Aug 6 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
Aug 19 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle SOLD OUT
Aug 20 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle (On Sale Friday for fan club & Saturday for general public)
Sept 2 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sept 3 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Sept 8 Portland, OR Music Fest NW (Just announced)
Sept 9 Seattle, WA Neumo’s (On Sale Friday for fan club & Saturday for general public)