The band never officially broke up. Eric Bachmann had another musical project he was working on (Crooked Fingers), and the grind of the traditional album cycle and touring started to weigh on the Archers’ desire to continue making music together. After a 13-year hiatus, the band performed a secret show in January 2011 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC, with The Love Language. The show proved they hadn’t really missed a beat, and so a larger tour was booked in mostly smaller venues to replicate the raw live experience for which the band had always been highly regarded.
The band — guitarist trio Frank DiNardo, Jackson Rogers and Phil Kenbok, bassist Roman Benty and drummer Tyler Gallagher — take turns singing about the dejected purgatory of struggling to get out of bed while simultaneously losing the capacity to dream. It’s the sort of downwardly mobile existentialism that could be yelled with a hardcore fury or strummed beneath mawkish folk coos, but The Zells use indie-rock as their medium, flipping a genre that’s historically been a playground for well-off kids to opine about their dorm-room insecurities into a microphone for working-class ennui.
Ticket Tier Info:
Upper Balcony Tickets - Seated Section with Private Bar, Private Bathroom, and a View. Must be 21+ to purchase (IDs will be checked upon arrival). Sold in packages of 4.
Lower Balcony Tickets - Seated Section with Private Bar and a View. Must be 21+ to purchase (IDs will be checked upon arrival). Sold in pairs of 2.
General Admission Tickets - Standing Room tickets on the Main Floor, closet to the stage
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