I cannot vouch for the immediacy or impact that Archers of Loaf had in their '90s heyday, but I can give firsthand verification that, since reuniting last year, they have been a force on the stage. Guitar lines bend and slash with unfailing energy. Rhythms barrel forward with ever-mounting momentum. Singer Eric Bachmann barks with the fury of a man half his age, wearing his vocal chords ragged in the process.
Longtime fan and filmmaker Gorman Bechard was similarly taken with the band's resurrection, so he set about making What Did You Expect?, a concert documentary offering highlights from the Archers' two-night Cat's Cradle stand last August.
"After seeing the Archers live last year on their reunion tour, I knew their live show needed to be forever documented," Bechard explains. "They hadn't forgotten what rock was supposed to be."
Following up a 2011 fan-focused documentary on The Replacements, Bechard puts his emphasis firmly on the Archers themselves. Utilizing a mostly handheld array of seven cameras, he strives to get right in the band's grill and capture every bit of tremendous verve. Interviews are interspersed amid the melee to reveal the dudes behind one of indie rock's most enduring and influential sounds. —Jordan Lawrence
Tickets for the film's N.C. premiere are $6–$8. The movie starts at 8 p.m.