Archers of Loaf - live reunion! 1/15/11, Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Strike up the band, turn off the random, calling out the A & R...
The indie rock gods must have been smiling a wide-eyed, toothy grin on the evening of January 15th, when Chapel Hill, NC's self-appointed White Trash Heroes,Archers of Loaf took to the stage at the Cat's Cradle to play a surprise reunion gig! Videos of the completely unannounced (at least from what I understand) show have been floating around on YouTube and a myriad of blogs, etc, but little do most folks know the entire set was also captured to audio by a thoughtful attendee (ok, so maybe that taper had an inkling of what was about to ensue, but who knows). All those details aside, Eric Bachmann and Co. (who were actually opening for locals The Love Language) plowed through a twelve-song, dream setlist, leaving unsuspecting fans with well more than their moneys worth. It was their first performance in thirteen years, and from what my ears could tell, it was as if the George W. Bush presidential candidacy hadn't even been imagined yet, let alone fully realized (too bad it didn't stay that way, but I digress). Truly bitchin'. Dare I suggest that lighting might strike twice at SXSW next month?
Here's the whole shebang, and if there's enough interest, I can even share this in glorious, lossless FLAC without much inconvenience.