90s indie rock legends Archers of Loaf have returned with their first new music since 1998. ‘Raleigh Days’ is an infectious, power pop-infused song that pays tribute to the capital of North Carolina, the quartet’s home state. The infectious lead guitar line from Eric Johnson and the song’s summery, shiny production values were a tonic for this listener as he heard it amid the UK’s most windswept, storm-afflicted February in recent memory. You can check it out below and download it here.
The quartet were key participants in the Chapel Hill indie-punk scene of the mid-90s, along with other bands like their contemporaries and Merge Records labelmates Superchunk, and veterans of that scene will be thrilled by their return. Meanwhile, Archers of Loaf have announced an extensive run of US live dates between now and June. Dates are below.
February 21st – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina (sold out).
February 22nd – Terminal West, Atlanta.
March 7th – Basement East, Nashville.
March 13th – The Colony, Woodstock, New York state.
March 14th – Royale, Boston.
April 10th – The Grey Eagle, Asheville, North Carolina.
April 11th – Saturn, Birmingham, Alabama.
April 17th – Underground Arts, Philadelphia.
April 18th – Ottobar, Baltimore.
April 30th – Delmar Hall , St Louis.
May 1st – The Bottleneck, Lawrence, Kansas.
May 2nd – The Waiting Room, Omaha.
May 3rd – Bluebird Theater, Denver.
May 15th – Deep Ellum Art Co, Dallas.
May 16th – The Mohawk, Austin.
May 17th – White Oak Music Hall Downstairs, Houston.
June 4th – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
June 6th – Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan.
June 19th – The Broadberry, Richmond, Virginia.
June 20th – Black Cat, Washington DC.
July 9th and 10th – Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon.
July 11th – Showbox, Seattle.
July 12th – Imperial, Vancouver.
July 24th – Fine Line, Minneapolis.
July 25th – Subterranean, Chicago.