With the sort of jangly guitar work that defined the ’90s indie music scene suddenly back in style, it’s no surprise that Chapel Hill mainstays Archers of Loaf have finally returned to the stage for a moment of celebration.
While their work hasn’t had the lasting power of Pavement’s detached English Major humor or Guided by Voices’ workmanlike rock n’ roll, Archers are truly masters of the form, and they showed off their unique sound at an unannounced reunion show in North Carolina last night.
Stunning the crowd as a random opener for a local act called the Love Language at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., Archers of Loaf played their first show since 1998.
Fans have already flooded message boards and blogs with rumors of a full tour in the works, but the band’s label, Merge, has yet to comment on the reunion gig and if it will turn into something bigger.
For now, we know that last night (Jan. 16) Archers of Loaf absolutely slayed with a 12-song set that was heavy on fan favorites like ‘Web In Front’ and other tracks off the band’s acclaimed 1993 debut, ‘Icky Mettle.’ Enjoy a video from the gig below and cross your fingers for a full tour.