Archers of Loaf
with Flesh Wounds
How many times have I even seen Archers of Loaf at this point? I think this is the fourth time since the "reunion," and who knows how often during their initial run. What I do know for sure is they instantly make me feel like I'm a kid again - no different than that first time I saw them in high school, senior year I think, just after "Icky Mettle" came out. No different mentally at least - my back, legs and feet might argue differently.
What can I say about a show that I've seen so many times before though? It was highly entertaining, but that's no surprise. Matt Gentling has let his hair grow out, which adds an extra layer of movement to the lurching he already does while playing bass. Eric Johnson was wearing a bad ass Pipe shirt and I would gladly stab a drifter in the buttocks to get one exactly like it that fit me. They played all of the "Vs. the Greatest of All Time" EP, though not in order. They were playing a lot of "d ep cuts" according to Eric Bachmann, and after a false start on "South Carolina" Eric commented "...deep cuts so deep I can't remember how to play them." There was a ton of tracks off of "Icky Mettle," 3/4ths of the album maybe. Other highlights included "Fabricoh," "Harnessed in Slums," "Dead Red Eyes," "Nostalgia," "Form and File"...fuck it, every song was a highlight. The encore was the biggies - "Wrong," "Web in Front," and finally "White Trash Heroes," with everyone (plus an extra dude) playing guitar except for Gentling. The crowd was singing along so loudly to some of the songs it sounded like an adult version of Kidz Bop was being held in the Cradle. It was a great night.
Local punk rock killers Flesh Wounds opened the show and burned through fifteen or twenty songs in barely over thirty minutes (probably the longest set I've ever seen by them). The constant touring as both this band and as Mac McCaughan's backing band the Non-Believers has made them incredibly tight. Guitarist and lead singer Montgomery Morris seems angrier with each passing show - it's like he's trying to dominate the music more than actually just play it. Considering how many punk bands these days seem like lovable good guys on stage, it's kinda nice to have a little snarling attitude come at you. Also, he spits a lot. Speaking of Pipe, they ended their set with a cover of the local legends, and Flesh Wounds did a great job of owning it like they wrote it.