As guitarras continuam a ser o néctar divino que escorre de cada tema dos Archers of Loaf. Seja em qualquer um dos quatros álbuns que a banda de Chapel Hill editou nos anos 90 – Icky Mettle de 93, Vee Vee de 95, All the Nations Airports de 96 e o derradeiro White Trash Heroes de 98 – seja neste regresso aos originais com “Raleigh Day”.

Todos os discos dos Archers foram reeditados pela Merge entre 2011 e 2012 e é a Merge que coloca o novo single disponível online. Sem previsão para que venha a existir sucessor do disco de 1998, a banda lança-se à estrada nos seus Estados Unidos.

Eric Bachmann, a voz e guitarra da banda, discorre longamente sobre a nova música assim:

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.

Os Archers of Loaf transpiram saúde e classe indie rock encostando-se a uma frente de veteranos como os Guided By Voices – que lançaram hoje mesmo Surrender Your Poppy Field – e Bob Mould que continuam a editar discos plenamente cheios da vitalidade de sempre. “Raleigh Day” em baixo para escuta.