Archers of Loaf share “Raleigh Days,” first new song in over 20 years
They’ve been teasing, and we’ve been anticipating, and now the first new Archers of Loaf music in over 20 years is here. “Raleigh Days” is a revved up, nostalgic anthem with a little heartland rock by way of Thin Lizzy. Eric Bachmann has more to say:
I built a birdhouse on the back of my van. The seeds of “Raleigh Days” were spit out of the circular opening on the front of this birdhouse by an angry cardinal. One day last summer, as we were barreling down the highway hell-bent for leather, this antagonistic little redbird stuck her head in through the back window and exclaimed, “Great songs often come out so easily that they practically write themselves. I tried to help you, but you idiots ruined it; and now you’re going to have to finish it all by yourselves!” Then, in a white-hot flash, we smashed head-on at 130 mph into an 18-wheeler carrying a herd of giant elk. It was all blood, fire, fur, and feathers snowing down through that old familiar smell of boiling oil and scorched earth. Fortunately—after I regained consciousness—I was able to make guitar picks from some shards of elk antler I found scattered around the accident site. It wasn’t planned per se, but it just kind of worked out that I used one of these picks to track my guitar part on “Raleigh Days,” and I think it sounds pretty good.
We’re not sure how much of that story is true, but “Raleigh Days” does sound pretty good, Eric! Listen for yourself, below, and let’s hope there’s more where that came from.
Archers of Loaf will celebrate the new single this Friday in Carrboro, NC and Saturday in Atlanta, then have dates starting in March and running through July, including NYC shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 4 (no opener listed yet) and Bowery Ballroom on June 6 with SAVAK which are both on presale now. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of SAVAK, they’ve shared a second single from their forthcoming album Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth. “It’s Mutual” is a tense, pointed ripper and you can listen to that below.
Archers of Loaf – 2020 Tour Dates
Feb 21 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle [SOLD OUT] +
Feb 22 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West +
Mar 07 Nashville, TN – Basement East %
Mar 13 Woodstock, NY – The Colony #
Mar 14 Boston, MA – Royale #
Apr 10 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Apr 11 Birmingham, AL – Saturn %
Apr 17 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts #
Apr 18 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar #
Apr 30 St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall ^
May 01 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck ^
Mar 02 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room ^
May 03 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
May 15 Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.
May 16 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
May 17 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
Jun 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 06 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Jun 19 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry @
Jun 20 Washington, DC – Black Cat @
Jul 09 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Jul 10 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Jul 11 Seattle, WA – Showbox
Jul 12 Vancouver, BC – Imperial
Jul 24 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line *
Jul 25 Chicago, IL – Subterranean *
+ w/ Gauche
% w/ Peachy
# w/ SAVAK
^ w/ The Hecks
@ w/ Joyero
* w/ Ratboys