Austin Archer

Austin Archer

 Palmetto, Georgia, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Both innovative and passionate, Austin Archer is creating something new to be heard. There sound is not only crossing genres, but also age brackets and race. Holding back nothing from there live shows, people find themselves on a journey, fully captivated, and are left with an unspoken hope.

Biography

It all begins with a melody, simple on its first chance hearing, but like an idea it must be built upon — with Austin Archer those early movements that conceive a song soon take on an operatic sensibility as a human sense of dramatics are hushed in. Nothing is smoldered down or weakened, guitars marry to create a journey, a testament of human endurance, of the complex notion to be comfortable and understand where one’s feet are standing. Haunting as much as hopeful, life as much as death, Austin Archer sets out to capture the life he sees and feels exists.

In 2008 Austin Archer found himself in Atlanta, Georgia. A Midwestern man suddenly transplanted in the South, and for the first time he could recall he was without a band. “This is what comes out when I write music,” Archer recalls of the first time he wrote with no one beside him. Soon his first EP was released, Tongue Tied, a stripped down introduction to a tempered anguish that interplays into crossroads of hope from decadent conclusions.

Soon Archer was joined by Shane Cole and Lee Martin (guitars), Steven Cheek (bass) and Ike Thurston (drums), taking what was once a raw acoustic and voice formula and transformed it to the uniformed notions that created his second EP Venture to Breathe. Recorded in a mere six days with Jeff Malpass behind the board at Marigolds and Monsters Studio in Atlanta, the band worked in fluid motion capturing the dense instrumental textures and hairpin turns that mark the sophomore release. From the buoyant yearning of “All In” to the slow burning tracks like “Slurred Sobriety” and “Doubtful As They Come” Archer’s falsetto emerges, never commanding a show-light dominance. Venture to Breathe is not an album picked and pulled from his own experience, but from his observation of the stories unseen and the embodiment of the unembraced.

His innovative and passionate sound is accurately portrayed on the EP. As a Latest Disgrace blogger writes, “Between the excellent songwriting and great production, this record turned out tremendous. It’s an onslaught of infectious guitar riffs and catchy lyrics, but it retains a melancholy moodiness that keeps the record from becoming cheesy or cliché.” Archer strives to continue to encourage himself and others to reject complacency and do what they can to inspire others.

Lyrics

All In

Written By: Austin Archer

I sold my love for a quick fix  
A nickel on the dime
But how could i, gain sweet surrender
From a little white lie
I know.... I know...  I should've done better

All along we play the game amongst ourselves
Counting cards becomes irrelevant 
All in, i just cant win
And i can't see past my hands

I bang the drum for a way out
A criminal bona fide
But how could we, gain formal reference
From a little more time
I know... I know... we could've done better

All along we play the game amongst ourselves
Counting cards becomes irrelevant 
All in, i just cant win
And i can't see past my hands

No i can't see, i wanna see your plans
I aim to be, more than just a man
More than a bad seed, holding on by a strand
So just say what you want
I swear... I swear... I'll do better

Slurred Sobriety

Written By: Austin Archer

room full of white,
cloth stretched tightly to the mood of an hour glass fight
sand against gravity's might, weighing us down

one more for the road
rocks strewn loosely to the temper of an sacred code
intent against sobriety's toll, a measure found

the night grows colder as your concentration blurs
a warm bottle and her speech is slurred
mine eyes have seen the glory
yet my body still it yearns for, a peace in which cannot be found in her
so i wait, after all it's getting quite late
It'll just be tonight, one last call of alcohol and I'm good to go, honey I'm straight

slip me the bill
write them the check that keeps my thirsty soul filled
cast lots to fork another ones zeal, a numbing sound

the night grows colder as your concentration blurs
a warm bottle and her speech is slurred
mine eyes have seen the glory
yet my body still it yearns for, a peace in which cannot be found in her
so i wait, after all it's getting quite late
god I hope that when the morning comes, you can still find me in your grace
For I know not what I do to you, and me...
when I'm in this place

Discography

Tongue Tide E.P. - 2010
All In - Single - 2011
Venture To Breathe E.P. - 2011

Radio Play:
Venture To Breathe E.P. - SCAD radio Atlanta
Tongue Tide - 88.5FM Georgia State radio