This past Saturday night, as I was still suffering from a crippling hangover after getting blackout drunk at a Guided by Voices reunion show, Southern indie-rock’s favorite sons — depending on where you rate Superchunk and Polvo — were onstage in their hometown of Carborro, N.C., playing a secret little reunion show of their own — their first in 13 years. (See above.)
Now, having seen GBV, Pavement and Superchunk in the last year, I really don’t want to tempt the fickle hand of fate by asking for too much, but, if I may: Please, Archers of Loaf, do not let this be a one-off. More specifically, Archers: How much is your guarantee?
Sad as it is to admit, I’ll be turning 30 years of age this coming April, and all I really want in celebration is to be your spine and feel 15 again. That’s how old I was when I used to listen to Icky Mettle every day. Well, every day that I wasn’t listening to Vee Vee or the Vs. the Greatest of All Time EP — not too mention how All the Nation’s Airports played as the soundtrack to all my most pleasant slumbers. While I’ll admit, with shame, that, as the years have gone by, I’ve come to only listen to those records on a weekly basis, I still love them every bit as much.
While I suspect you might doubt Nashville’s strength as a concert market, as well as my ability to honor your guarantee on a meager music writer’s salary, let me just tell you that, well, you’ve got it all wrong. I know Nashville loves the Loaf and would gladly pony up some dough to see you rock with all your might. And remember, Bob Pollard told me in an interview last week that "these big indie rock reunion tours are very fashionable right now."
This is not a joke. If you happen to read this and find yourselves enticed by my offer, drop me a line at agold [at] nashvillescene [dot] com. I eagerly await your reply.
P.S. We could even make this a secret show, if that’s how you prefer to roll. My birthday is April 17. Any time around then — or at all, would be perfect. Also, any fellow, Middle Tennessee AoL fans are welcome to offer contributions to the cause. Again, this is not a joke. This is really. Not. A. Joke.
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