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With most of the media attention and ink used up on Pacific Northwest grunge bands during the early '90s, the vibrant scene of Chapel Hill, N.C., was an also-ran from the get-go. Yet with the perspective of time, it's obvious the region had many fine groups with albums that still sound exciting decades onward. The second Archers of Loaf release, Vee Vee, captures a band that takes an approach not unlike Pavement in spots ("Step into the Light") and sometimes like a less refined post-punk band. The vibrancy of "Harnessed in Slums," the mutated guitar attack of "Nevermind the Enemy," and the brief and violent "Nostalgia" spit forth a type of punk-influenced rock that's miles from the manicured pop preening of much 21st-century "punk." "Floating Friends" evokes images of what stoner-hippie folk bands might have sounded like if they'd embraced feedback and distortion pedals with real zeal. The deluxe remaster features 16 bonus tracks, including various demos (boombox and four-track), live versions, and remixes that further establish the case for the band's authority back in those college rock days.

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Amazing LP from a criminally underrated band

One of the top few "alternative" bands of the 90's. They are criminally underrated and hopefully this reissue will help rectify this. Also check out "All the Nations Airports" and the less rockin' (but great nonetheless) "White Trash Heroes". They are both being reissued in August 2012. Enjoy


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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