Merge Records will reissue all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album .
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 Nationís Airports, and will follow next year.
Singer/guitarist 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., guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling, and drummer Mark Price formed Archers of Loaf in
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 in their hometown 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.
Archers of Loaf will make their late-night television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon .
Pre-order Icky Mettle on CD or LP now in the Merge store to receive an exclusive download of live video from the January 2011 show at Cat's Cradle, as well as a download of the re-mastered original album. http://www.mergerecords.com/ickymettle.
Hear the band's recent live in-studio performance on KEXP–Seattle: http://www.kexp.org/live/liveperformance.aspx?rID=33396
For pre-sale access, sign up for the fan club here: http://www.archersofloaf.net/sign-up/
ARCHERS OF LOAF 2011 TOUR DATES
June 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
– Austin, TX @ Emoís
– Dallas, TX @ The LOFT at the Palladium
(SOLD OUT) – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Webster Hall – New York, NY @
The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL @
(SOLD OUT) – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (SOLD OUT) –
(SOLD OUT) – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
July 24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
(SOLD OUT) – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
– Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
(SOLD OUT) – Carrboro, NC @ Catís Cradle
August 20 – Carrboro, NC @ Catís Cradle
– San Francisco, CA @
– San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
September 8 – Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW
September 9 – Seattle, WA @ Neumoís (on sale Friday/Saturday)