Archers Of Loaf announce first album in 24 years

The North Caroline indie rock heroes announced new album Reason In Decline and debuted a new single 'In The Surface Noise'

Archers Of Loaf, one of the most influential indie rock bands of the 90s, have announced a long-awaited comeback with their first studio album in 24 years. Reason In Decline is the band’s first since White Trash Noise in 1998 and arrives on 21 October 2022 on Merge Records.

Archers of Loaf - In the Surface Noise (Official Video)

To coincide with the announcement, the band have released the first single to be taken from the album, ‘In The Surface Noise’. It’s a hugely anthemic blast of noise which proves the quartet have lost none of their trademark vigour. The song is the first new music from the band since their 2020 trilogy of singles.

In a statement, frontman Eric Bachmann attributed the band’s return to the fact that “the three other members of this band are awesome”. “I just wanted to work with these guys because I knew the chemistry we had and that we still have,” Bachmann said, “I knew that was rare.”

Archers Of Loaf formed in the early 90s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, guitarist Eric Johnson, bassist Matt Gentling and drummer Mark Price. Their debut Icky Mettle was hailed as an instant indie rock classic, with Pitchfork including opening track ‘Web In Front’ in their Pitchfork 500 list of the 500 best songs of all time.

The band split in 1998, reforming in 2011 for a series of live dates. Their 2020 single ‘Raleigh Days’ was their first new song in 22 years.