Icky Mettle

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Icky Mettle
Icky Mettle cover.jpg
Studio album by Archers of Loaf
Released November 23, 1993
August 2, 2011 (reissue)
Recorded 1993
Genre Indie rock
Length 38:02
Label Alias
Producer Caleb Southern
Archers of Loaf chronology
Icky Mettle
(1993)
Vs The Greatest Of All Time
(1994)

Icky Mettle is the first studio album recorded by the indie rock band Archers of Loaf. It was produced and engineered by Caleb Southern at Kraptone Studios in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and released by Alias Records on November 23, 1993.

The album was recorded and mixed in seven days. According to Eric Bachmann, "We spent like $5,000 to make it."[1]

The album spent 22 weeks on the CMJ charts. Interview declared it the "Best Indie Rock Album of the Year". [1] Also, it ranked #32 in Pitchfork Media's original Top 100 albums of the 1990s list.[2] Blender ranked it at #56 in their 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums ever list.[3]

In a 2005 interview with The Triangle, Bachmann reflected on the album: "When we first came out we had that energy. It's a weird thing that you can't put your finger on...I listened to 'Icky Mettle', and I almost cringe when I hear it. But what the people probably liked when they heard that record was the energy we were putting out."[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A−[6]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A[7]
Entertainment Weekly A[8]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[9]
NME 7/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10[11]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[12]
Spin 8/10[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

The album has received generally positive reviews. Spin gave Icky Mettle a score of 8/10. Reviewer Mike Powell describes it as, "an album of boyish fits and noisy guitar flurries. It's indie rock as hearty and art-free as oatmeal, before the line separating it from the mainstream dissolved, before it became so...eclectic."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eric Bachmann, Eric Johnson, Matt Gentling and Mark Price.

  1. "Web in Front" – 2:09
  2. "Last Word" – 3:35
  3. "Wrong" – 3:40
  4. "You and Me" – 3:10
  5. "Might" – 2:04
  6. "Hate Paste" – 2:46
  7. "Fat" – 1:19
  8. "Plumb Line" – 2:09
  9. "Learo, You're a Hole" – 3:51
  10. "Sick File" – 1:42
  11. "Toast" – 4:38
  12. "Backwash" – 3:27
  13. "Slow Worm" – 3:32

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Liz. "ROCK REVIEW: Archers Revolution". WWeek.com. Retrieved June 7, 2006. 
  2. ^ Hawthorne, Mark. "ARCHERS OF LOAF VS. TINNITUS: A three week vacation in Paradise". The Online Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved September 3, 2006. 
  3. ^ Carrelli, Jon. "Bachmann spills beans to Triangle". The Triangle (newspaper). Retrieved September 3, 2006. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marc Hawthorne (March 28, 1996). "ARCHERS OF LOAF VS. TINNITUS". The Daily of the University of Washington. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02. 
  2. ^ "pitchforkmedia.com | album 90's top lists". Tclub.obninsk.ru. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  3. ^ "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever". www.stereogum.com. Blender Magazine. December 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. 
  4. ^ Jon Carrelli (April 8, 2005). "Bachmann spills beans to Triangle". www.thetriangle.org. Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. 
  5. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Icky Mettle – Archers of Loaf". AllMusic. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Murray, Noel (August 2, 2011). "Archers Of Loaf: Icky Mettle". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Albums: Aug. 5, 2011". Entertainment Weekly. July 29, 2011. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  9. ^ Hughes, Tom (December 15, 2011). "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle – review". The Guardian. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle". NME: 28. October 30, 1993. 
  11. ^ LeMay, Matt (August 1, 2011). "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (August 2, 2011). "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle (Reissue)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b Powell, Mike (August 2, 2011). "Archers of Loaf, 'Icky Mettle' (Merge)". Spin. Archived from the original on April 6, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle". Uncut (172): 79. September 2011. 
  15. ^ Ableson, Jon. "Chris Carrabba To Release "Covered In The Flood" Solo Album". Alter The Press!. Retrieved 17 June 2013.