Archers of Loaf Reissue Campaign Begins

First title to arrive
in August via Merge; reunion tour kicks into gear. Watch live video below.


By Fred Mills


“The reissue thing is what took it from ‘hey, let’s get
together and play a show’ to ‘hey, let’s get together and play a bunch of shows.”


That’s Matt Gentling, bassist for the late, great, and now
no-longer-late Archers of Loaf, talking to Asheville, NC, alternative paper The Mountain Xpress a couple of weeks
ago on the eve of a reunion show (May 21, in Asheville). As most folks know by
now, the beloved ‘90s indie band went on hiatus back in ’98 but then got back
together to play a show in Carrboro unexpectedly this past January, and now a
full US tour is underway. See the dates below (many sold out already), as they tend to come in spurts,
spread out across the summer into early September, although the band will
reportedly do some shows on the lucrative European festival circuit as well. You can also check out a video clip of the group at the Asheville show; it’s a pretty shaky audience recording, but the sound is reasonably good.




Now, true to Gentling’s word, Merge Records has announced the imminent arrival of an expanded version of the band’s 1993 debut Icky Mettle. It’s due August 2. According
to the label: “Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio
albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album Icky Mettle on
August 2nd. 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 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.”


So there you have it. The band will also be on the tube June
24 for the Jimmy Fallon show a day before their Brooklyn
gig. Arch on!


US Tour Dates


06-03-04 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
06-11 Austin, TX – Emo’s
06-12 Dallas, TX – The Loft
06-25 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-26 New York, NY – Webster Hall
07-08-09 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07-22-24 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
08-05 Washington, DC – Black Cat
08-06 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
08-19-20 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09-02-03 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
09-08 Portland, OR – MusicfestNW
09-09 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s




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