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"“Inventive heartfelt electro pop”"

“Inventive heartfelt electro pop” - The Guardian Gig Of The Day

"“brooding, tetchy art-rock – it’s warm and infectious"

“brooding, tetchy art-rock – it’s warm and infectious" 10 Tracks You Must Hear This Week - NME

""it works""

“the sound made by a young man with a serious record collection having monstrous amounts of fun, and almost bafflingly, it works” - Word Magazine

""truly brilliant""

“Truly brilliant.. Nick Webber may only be one man, but he certainly has more imagination and passion than Johnny Borrell and Luke Pritchard have put together.” - All Gigs

""ingenuity of this possible magnum opus-to-be deserves to be celebrated""

“If you're ever feeling a bit apathetic and a bit down because you're lacking creativity,then you'd be best advised not to listen to this record because it would probably only make it worse. Archangel is the offspring of Nick Webber, who devised and performed this entire debut album, and consuming this beast will probably make the best of us feel slightly useless and insignificant. Saying that, the ingenuity of this possible magnum opus-to-be deserves to be celebrated, and will be a great source of inspiration for all the power hungry solo musicians looking to take over the world.” - Click Music

""We Want What You Have""

"'How To Lose Your Best Friend', is a solid debut and one that should be applauded for managing to both be completely on the fashion money yet still set itself apart from the countless others doing the same. "I want what I have not"? Well, we want what you have" - Subba Cultcha

""More Prince When It Comes To The Quality Stakes""

"Much has been made of the fact that Archangel aren't a band, but the nom de plume of multi-instrumentalist Nick Webber. Over the course of these eleven songs Webber sings, plays drums, guitar, bass, piano and keyboards and probably made the tea as well. Luckily, his desire to retain control is more Prince then Lenny Kravitz when it comes to the quality stakes, with How To Lose Your Best Friend" - Music OMH

""he’s a big future on the horizon""

“this single promises plenty and it’s support track, ‘Odysseus’, follows suit, suggestive of being the product of an artist with so many ideas waiting to be transferred into song. The question will be whether Archangel can channel his obvious talents onto a full-length offering whilst still allowing his record to remain as accessible as this single is. If he can stick to this formula, a winning one, and add the more complex twists that distinguish the good artists from the great, he’s a big future on the horizon." 4or The Record - 4or The Record

""I do have something honest to say - this is pretty great!""

“Archangel, a.k.a. Nick Webber, has been in my CD pile for some time now. The only reason I haven’t written about him is that it’s so good I couldn’t stop listening long enough to say something smart about him. I still don’t have anything smart to say, but I do have something honest to say - this is pretty great! - Rock Sell Out

""an epic sweep and neon glow""

"Eleven magnificently overwrought and dramatically fashioned songs that explore the lexicon of love
with an epic sweep and neon glow that will remind you of all your favourite 70s and 80s groups
while sounding utterly contemporary." - The Guardian


Radio Airplay from Zane Lowe & Steve Lamacq (Radio 1), Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq (6Music) John Kennedy, George Lamb, John Hillock (Xfm), Steve Wright & Dermot O'Leary (Radio2) and a lot of regional specialist play.

Physical Energy / Odysseus (7")
How To Lose Your Best Friend (Digital Only)
Not The Man You Think I Am (Digital Only)
Do It Again (Digital Only)
Loud And Clear (released feb 2010)
Tracks are streaming on, The Sixty One and MySpace.

Videos shown on MTV2, 4Music, Soccer AM, NME TV, plus YouTube Homepage (x3), MySpace Homepage (x3), Music Week, The Sun, Guardian "New Band Of The Day" / Gig Of The Day, Word Magazine, NME "Ten Tracks You Must Hear Right Now"..



Paul Lester from the Guardian wrote this;

Archangel are a brilliant new band. That’s not strictly true. They’re not really a band.

But you can keep the bit about “brilliant”. Archangel is the brainchild of Nick Webber, a young man from west London with a strong will and a warped imagination who spent a year and a half going quietly mad in the wilds of Wiltshire as he recorded his masterpiece aka the soundtrack of his life. The album in question and the answer to your prayers, How To Lose Your Best Friend, comprises 11 magnificently overwrought and dramatically fashioned songs that explore the lexicon of love with an epic sweep and neon glow that will remind you of all your favourite 70s and 80s groups while sounding utterly contemporary. Archangel – whose name comes from a scene in the film Apocalypse Now! – are where ABC meet Arcade Fire.

How did he do that? He did it, first and foremost, alone in a recording studio based in a bungalow in Wiltshire, “in the middle of nowhere”, as he puts it, using equipment he’d accrued from years on the margins of the music industry, where he learned his craft and plotted his next moves. Having written nine of the 11 tracks himself, he proceeded to perform and produce them all by himself, darting between the controls and the instruments during a process that was pure solipsist monomania.

“It took 18 months and it nearly killed me,” he recalls. “I became a bit schizophrenic after a while; I went a bit crackers. How mad did it get? I didn’t know who I was anymore. I don’t know if I’d do it again, doing everything all by myself. There were a few crazy moments where I thought I was losing the plot. It was a bit like [the film] Papillion: I was going quietly bonkers. But it was good in a way. It was a real achievement.”

Nick’s obsessive determination to handle the production as well as vocal, guitar, piano, electronic keyboard, synth-bass and percussion duties, which meant he’d have to literally press “record” and run to the drum kit or the guitar and start playing, stems from his earlier stints as a producer. Having cut his teeth on a series of “obscure white-label electronic records, very groovy Hoxton house music which frankly wasn’t my bag,” and a variety of other projects over the years, he learned quite quickly that he was happier having total control himself. “I’ve had help before,” he says, “and I’ve never really been happy with it. I like the idea that, if I fuck up, I’ve got no one else to blame.”

There was just one surprise yet pleasant intrusion by the outside world during his period of isolation, and that was when Zane Lowe chanced upon the demo of Archangel’s track
Physical Energy, was blown away, and decided to play it several times. It gave him hope and the strength to carry on with his meisterwerk. “It made me realise there was a world out there,” says Nick, who was in a local country pub when the chef leaned through the kitchen hatch and said of the song being played on the pub radio, “Hey, Nick, is this yours?” He remembers: “Zane Lowe said, ‘I know nothing about this track, I just found it on my desk and I absolutely love it.’ It was really surreal. He played it a few times, so did [xfm’s] John Kennedy, and that got it onto MTV2. Things suddenly started happening, and that spurred me on.”

Nick Webber was born into a musical family at the end of the 70s, and it remains one of his favourite music eras – in fact, one of the first songs he learned to play was Janet Kay’s Lovers Rock classic from 1979, Silly Games. Other music from that time and just after, by bands and artists such as Roxy Music, The Police, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Psychedelic Furs, Japan and ABC, has informed the sumptuous, dramatic pop of Archangel’s debut album,
How To Lose Your Best Friend.

“Pop music of the 70s and 80s is where my heart lies,” he says. “I wanted to make a great pop record: dark, up, weird, with lots of short songs. You’ve got to be a good self-editor. You can’t bang on for ages. It must be lean.”

The title of the album is a reference to Nick’s split from his long-term girlfriend, one that led to his 18-month sojourn in Wiltshire and kick-started the album. “It’s quite mysterious,” he says of the title. “It can mean anything.” It’s also the title of the opening track, a powerful, arresting piece of, yes, dark, up pop music that drives its hook home and is both energetic and edgy but doesn’t tell you how to lose your best friend. “Like I say, it’s important to be mysterious. And I like the idea of making people stop for a moment and think, ‘What does that really mean?’”

Nick stops for several moments to talk about the live aspect of his music, and the remaining 10 tracks on the album. “Fans come up to me and tell me I’ve got this bizarre nervous energy on stage,” he says. “It’s all quite frenetic. But there’s glamour, too, and sleaze. I like wearing nicely cut suits. Basically, if I had my way and money was no o