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Archers of Loaf's fourth and final studio album sums up their short but bittersweet career, showing the variety of textures that made them an essential listen throughout the '90s. While grunge from the Pacific Northwest made the headlines, the passionate Chapel Hill, N.C., scene worked its own inspired magic on college kids who liked their sounds even less refined. Here, the battering aggression of "Fashion Bleeds" is the closest Archers of Loaf come to their early energy, with guitars splattering notes like they're part of a high-speed chase. The ominous opening keyboard notes of "Dead Red Eyes" starts the sign-off and the transition for singer Eric Bachman into his next group, Crooked Fingers. "I.N.S." nears the metal edge with its pounding rhythms. "Perfect Time" reflects the band's debt to Pavement. "Slick Tricks and Bright Lights" lunges like a woozy last stand. The title track finishes up with a hypnotic and true farewell. The deluxe edition features 13 bonus tracks, including 4-track demos and several unreleased studio tracks to cap a perfect career.


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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