Archers Of Loaf – Icky Mettle (Deluxe Edition) – Double CD
‘ICKY METTLE (DELUXE EDITION)’ REMASTERED AND REISSUED ON FIRE RECORDS
Fire Records have reissued all four Archers of Loaf studio albums, starting with their acclaimed 1993 debut album ‘Icky Mettle’. Re-mastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by Robert Christgau, Icky Mettle comes with bonus material (packaged as a second disc with CD and LP plus download code) including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and b-sides from the Icky Mettle era. This special ‘Deluxe Edition’ is available on 2xCD, vinyl and digital download.
Their last studio album was released in 1998 and since then Eric Bachmann (vocals/guitar) has pursued work in Crooked Fingers. After lying low for 13 years Bachmann, Eric Johnson (guitar), Matt Jentling (bass) and Mark Price (drums) began rehearsing again in 2010 and went on to test the water with some live dates earlier this year. Picking up right where they left off Archers of Loaf’s well received performances asserted that their noisy lo-fi indie had been sorely missed. With the recent resurgence of lo-fi-Indie-watchimacallit bands, it has never been so relevant to unearth these early recordings from Archers of Loaf, who embraced similar do-it-yourself ethics to such astounding effect. The track “Web in Front” earned the band a spot on the ‘Pitchfork 500’, a list which compiles the website’s favourite songs from 1977 to 2006 and whose recent review awarded ‘Icky Mettle (Deluxe Edition)’ with best new reissue and an unprecedented 9 out of 10.
12″ LP is a gatefold packaged blue vinyl pressing with download code for bonus material as 320kbps MP3.