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But after 13 years in absentia on good terms, and Merge reissuing the Alias albums (starting with the remastered Icky Mettle, annotated with liner notes by Robert Christgau), the band has returned to touring—as a luxury, not a necessity.
Gentling says, "Making music for a living is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me in my life, and it's not what I want to be doing anymore. It's not that I don't want to revisit it; I've got other stuff. I'm gainfully employed, I don't need the business end of this."
"I thought now's as good a time as any," says Bachmann, "because it's kind of a physical, visceral thing. I'm 41, so if we're gonna do a reunion, we'd better do a reunion. I can't be 70 or 80 years old onstage and singing 'Audio-whore.' I'll have a fucking aneurysm."