Earlier this year, idiosyncratic 90s North Carolina indie bashers Archers of Loaf got back together for a one-off reunion show, which they expanded into a full-on reunion tour this summer. And now Merge has announced plans to reissue all four of the band’s studio albums.
The reissue campaign starts August 2 with an expanded version of the band’s 1993 debut album Icky Mettle. Shellac/Mission of Burma member Bob Weston remastered the album, and O.G. rock critic Robert Christgau provides new liner notes. The album also includes a ton of bonus material, including the Archers of Loaf Vs. The Greatest of All Time EP, as well as singles and B-sides. Up above, we’ve got one of those bonus cuts: “What Did You Expect?”, which originally appeared on an out-of-print Merge 7″.
The Icky Mettle reissue will be available on digital download, CD, and limited edition blue vinyl. Anyone who pre-orders it from Merge’s website will get an exclusive download of live video of that first Archers reunion show. The three other Archers albums (1995’s Vee Vee, 1996’s All the Nation’s Airports, and 1998’s White Trash Heroes) will be reissued in 2012. Also, Archers of Loaf will perform on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on June 24.
Below, we’ve got all the band’s tour dates.
Archers of Loaf:
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
07-22-23 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