The early 90’s were a magical time in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The now legendary Merge records was in its infancy and soon spawned some of the most iconic groups of 90’s indie rock like Superchunk, Polvo, and Archers of Loaf. Like their contemporaries, the Archers sound was off-kilter and fractured but simultaneously melodically accessible, but they set themselves apart with a decidedly aggressive and punk-rooted style. Borrowing some of Sonic Youth’s noisiness and the Replacements sensitive yet self-destructive lyricism, Archers of Loaf embodied the ennui that defined early 90’s alternative rock while still creating extremely catchy music.
The group called it quits back in 1998, but 13 years later reunited for some sporadic touring. Now in their ninth year of being together again, the Archers are finally set to release a new record–frontman Eric Bachmann said in an interview, “Oh yeah, everybody wants to do it — I just have to write the songs.”
Host: Rick McNulty
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Gabriel C. Pérez