It’s an open secret in the world of indie rock that legendary North Carolina outfit Archers of Loaf are members of The Order of the Ancient Pumping Fist, a shadowy religion centered around the titular fist. All hail the fist! Pumping the fist is good! Crossing your arms is bad! Last year, the high priest of the fist told Archers of Loaf that the fist demanded a reunion tour. Fist, thy will be done! The tour happened and the fist was sated.
But truly, the fist was sated only briefly. It needed more energy. So, Archers of Loaf are going on tour again. That’s how it gets energy, duhhhhhh. How else would a magical, constantly psyched fist get its energy? There’s no other way! As such, Archers of Loaf have a smattering of dates throughout the next few months. These dates are bookended by the festivals Noise Pop and Primavera Sound, a.k.a. the two holiest places in the Pumping Fist religion.
Merge will reissue the band’s 1995 record Vee Vee on February 21, following up the reissue last year of their debut Icky Mettle. Reissues of the band’s last two records, All The Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes, will follow later in the year. None of these reissues have anything to do with The Fist. The Fist cares not for such things.
Archers of Loaf dates:
02.25.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall (Noise Pop) *
02.26.12 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour *
04.26.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.27.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
04.28.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
04.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.10.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
05.11.12 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
05.12.12 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Royal Barcade
05.30.12-06.03.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound