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Recorded live in 1998 at the regionally famous Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill, NC, Seconds Before the Accident was released two years later, after Archers of Loaf disbanded. The set list is heavy on material from the band's amazing debut, Icky Mettle, and burns with a noise rock intensity that is more reminiscent of the group's early recordings than later works like White Trash Heroes. Things aren't quite as reckless as they were when Archers of Loaf first hit the indie circuit, but the high-impact numbers and spirited performances do justice to this legendary live act's massive reputation. Highlights include the Icky Mettle hit "Web in Front" and "Fabricoh" from their second studio full-length, Vee Vee. Fans of indie rock icons Pavement and Guided by Voices who haven't yet heard Archers of Loaf wouldn't be disappointed if they started their Archers collection with Seconds Before the Accident. Icky Mettle, however, is the lone must-own offering in the Archers of Loaf's oeuvre.


Formed: 1991 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '10s

The Archers of Loaf were darlings of the indie world in the early to mid-'90s, thanks to an off-kilter sound that was edgy and challenging, yet melodically accessible at the same time. Cornerstones of the Chapel Hill, NC, indie scene that also spawned Superchunk and Polvo, the Archers' chief inspirations were the Replacements and Sonic Youth, but that only began to tell the story. Their music was frequently likened to a more intense, raucous version of Pavement's postmodern pop, and indeed they shared...
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