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Familiar Highs

by One Eleven Archer

If you don't like us, you don't like rock.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Erase You
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2. The Book
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3. Bored Heroes
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4. Apocalypse Jeans
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5. These are the Times
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6. Skip the Ads
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7. Like an Elk
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8. Visiting Hours
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9. Car Accidents in Taxis
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10. Dead Promises
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Album Notes
Eight ears, four minds, two pairs of childhood friends: One Eleven Archer. Nobody could have seen this coming, nothing could have stopped 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.


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Brad at CD Baby

On their 10 song full-length debut, this Canadian post-hardcore (don't place too much emphasis on that label) four piece connect and cultivate, expanding a complex rock sound and transporting to a place that most bands only aspire to reach. Their loosely harmonized vocals slam into each other, crying out over slightly math-rock rhythmic shards that aren't boisterous or flashy, just straight ahead and sensibly contextual. Driven by steady beats that can often quickly jut off or pull back, the attention to detail in the songwriting here is surprisingly loose and effortless, allowing these tracks to remain unassuming in their underlying complexity. The same logic seems to be applied to the lyrics, which match the music in their slightly subdued but ultimately effective content and delivery. While the two vocalist approach and some of their lyrics ("liberty is falling because convenience is stalling") certainly merit comparisons to Fugazi, these guys are clearly on their own in their sparse and unorthodox use of abstract harmony and raw but melodic delivery. Bottom line, this is smart rock with songs that are well crafted and challenging in all the best ways. Fans of bands like Hot Water Music and Sweep The Leg Johnny will want to check this out for sure.