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Album Review

The Speed of Cattle collects B-sides and rarities from this incredible North Carolina band. Some of the material isn't very vital except for serious fans of the band; the first half of the album collects early releases, demos, and singles released with local zines, most of which are fairly rough and not as inventive as the band's major releases. Later in the collection, however, are more recent tracks, as the band developed its melodic, angular feel — the five songs taken from John Peel sessions are cleaner and sharper than the earlier tracks, and the other assorted rarities are just as excellent. Some amusing liner notes make the collection even more of a treat for Loaf fans.

Customer Reviews


It's sad how many kitchen's i've closed to this record, but this band one of the quintessential voices of my generation. I don't know how you got here if you don't know what it is, but welcome to atonal distorted 90's rock perfection. So many reviews compare one band to another in order to make the comparison easy. If you havn't heard this, and you graduated from high school between 90 and 99, and you still like to get your rock it, and tell more people...the younger ones...

F&*king finally!!!

This is the perfect indie album. Well, perhaps I shpuld say this is the perfect indie band, eh? F&*king amazing!!!


Such a great band and album.
The best lofi indie out there!


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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