Eight ears, four minds, two pairs of childhood friends: One Eleven Archer. Nobody could have seen this coming, nothing could have stopped it...no honeymoons, hard feelings, phone-tag, e-tag; some strings are just meant for certain skins... The right fuse for the right bomb. So what has it become? Listen once. It doesn't lead, it doesn't follow. It chooses a wave that will never break, so the ride will never stop.
This band was ultimately destined to form. It arose from the dissolution of two other bands, two bands that had already forged a viable musical relationship, having played several shows on the same bill before the simultaneous demise of both. The terms “ultimate” and “destiny” can safely be taken as gospel, for it was the immediate thought of members of the first-fallen band (upon hearing that the other had fallen) that a new project should logically rise from the remains. And so it did, and here we are two years and two recordings later, still acquiring momentum, still feeling warm with the knowledge that we have traced a path only a devoted, capable band could navigate. We are a self-motivating machine in which each component draws energy from all others and produces sounds that displace decaying molecules in dead musical atmospheres. Or, we are just four men that belong in one band.
This is the second release from Victoria, BC's One Eleven Archer and the first full length. It was recorded by Jesse Gander at the Hive Studios in Vancouver, BC. and Mastered by Jamie Sitar at Suite Sound Labs. Familiar Highs grows from the indie/post-punk/post-hardcore roots laid down on their debut self-titled EP. Their sound has become more refined, but maintains the emotion and intensity of their older work. Two vocalists with different styles share mic time over two guitars that interplay to give music that is intricate and powerful. A strong rhythm section adds legs to the band with strong beats and an ever pulsing bassline. Songs vary from the punk inspired 'Erase You' to the dancey 'Apocalypse Jeans' and heavier fare 'These are the times' and 'The Book'. Comparisons have been drawn to a range of bands including Hot Water Music, Braid, Fugazi, and the Cure to name a few.