On February 21, Merge will reissue Archers of Loafâ€™s sophomore release, Vee Vee, on dbl-CD, limited-edition green LP and digital download.
Remastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by MAGNET magazine editor Eric Miller, physical copies of Vee Vee will include sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan. Reissues of All the Nationâ€™s Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow later in 2012.
The first full-length produced by Bob Weston, Vee Vee was a slight departure from the previous bombastic noisepop that characterized Archers of Loafâ€™s previous work, and it proved that the band wasnâ€™t just a flash in the pan. The album became their best-selling album to date and landed them on the covers of most fanzines and at the top of college radio charts across the country. â€œHarnessed in Slumsâ€ and â€œGreatest of All Timeâ€ became anthems of the underground and led to successful tours with the Flaming Lips and Weezer.
Archers of Loaf intend to play several more shows internationally including the Primavera Festival in Spain May 30-June 3 and to perform a wider variety of songs on limited dates throughout the end of 2012.
Vee Vee track listing:
Disc 1 –
1. Step into the Light
2. Harnessed in Slums
3. Nevermind the Enemy
4. Greatest of All Time
5. Underdogs of Nipomo
6. Floating Friends
10 Let the Loser Melt
11. Death in the Park
12. The Worst Has Yet to Come
13. Underachievers March and Fight Song
Disc 2 –
1. Harnessed in Slums â€™95 (Bob Weston Radio Mix, 1995)
2. Telepathic Traffic (â€œHarnessed in Slumsâ€ single, Alias, 1995)
3. Donâ€™t Believe the Good News (â€œHarnessed in Slumsâ€ single, Alias, 1995)
4. Smoking Pot in the Hot City (7â€ single, Esther, 1995)
5. Mutes in the Steeple (7â€ single, Esther, 1995)
6. Mark Price P.I. (out of print)
7. Bacteria (The Speed of Cattle, Alias, 1996)
8. Equinox (unreleased) (J. Coltrane)
9. (Big Joe and) Phantom 309 (out of print) (T. Faile)
10. 1985 (Marathon Boombox Demo)
11. Fabricoh (Marathon Boombox Demo)
12. Nostalgia (Marathon Boombox Demo)
13. Let the Loser Melt (Vee Vee 4-Track Demo)
14. Underdogs of Nipomo (Vee Vee 4-Track Demo)
15. Nevermind the Enemy (Vee Vee 4-Track Demo)
16. Donâ€™t Believe the Good News (Vee Vee 4-Track Demo)