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Editors’ Notes

As is often the case with most great alternative bands, Archers of Loaf steadily evolved into a more precise unit. Their earlier records teemed with youthful energy and raw aggression. With album three, All the Nations Airports, the band channeled that ferocity into a sound far more detailed and carefully thought out. The vocals are still raw, but the guitars take the lessons of Sonic Youth and Pavement and integrate them into their own modified sound. The title track retains a rough edge, but "Scenic Pastures" beautifully crafts a unique pop sound that—had it been released in the '60s—would've had a shot at commercial success. As things stood, the Archers accepted their fate as underground heroes with modest visibility in the mainstream. The chiming guitars of "Worst Defense," the hungover slacker blues of "Rental Sting," and the mechanical electro-magnetics of "Assassination on X-mas Eve" showcase their restless search for the accessible yet unusual. The deluxe edition includes 19 bonus cuts, mostly 4-track demos that illustrate how the band initially brought the tunes into being.

Biography

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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