Archers of Loaf
Haw River Ballroom
At what point do we stop referring to these Archers
of Loaf shows as "reunion shows"? They might not be
playing any new music, but I've seen them at least four times since the
reformation and I missed a couple of their gigs. They've played locally more often over the past year than pretty much anyone
not named Lonnie Walker or Whatever Brains. Not that I'm complaining, obviously - they're still one of my very
favorite bands ever no matter how you describe the nature of their current status. And they still rock just as hard
as they did before the break up. It was a great set - played
most of the "hits" and really hit heavily on "All the Nation's
Airports". They also played the great "White Trash Heroes," which they don't play nearly often enough. Great sound, great
effort, great gig.
But here is the downside to
the evening - way way WAY too many weekend warriors out trying pack a
year's worth of partying into one night. Obviously the Archers draw an older
crowd, people my age and older, and for the most part they don't go out like they did fifteen years ago (something I realize
at nearly every show I go to when I'm one of the old creepy men there). So they get a babysitter, go to a rock show
and get so drunk they nearly ruin the event for everyone standing around them. Let it be said I hate these people with the
fury of a thousand suns. Especially the drunk brother and sister who nearly came to blows with the lesbians behind me, all of
which were acting like assholes.
An interesting thing happened
on this, my 569th viewing of the phenomenon known as Pipe - no one was throwing beer cans at them!!! I guess this fancy club doesn't serve any
beers in cans, and we were left with an incomplete Pipe
live experience. Might as well have removed the drums or guitar,
it would have been no less unnoticed. A couple of folks were throwing pita bread at Ron Liberti, but it's just not quite
the same is it? Unless the band was also performing in a tub of hummus, then it would be the perfect choice.
Anyways, Pipe played pretty much the same set of songs
they've been playing for years and years now, Liberti delighted &
tickled me with his antics, and they continue to hold the title of "funnest punk band ever".
As a side note, this was my
first time to this venue and it's great - beautiful inside and
out. Too bad they don't have more shows I'm interested in here, but then again if I had to make that
long drive often it would get a little old, even if it is a pretty nice drive. And the burger I got at the general store
next door was one of the best I've ever had.