One Eleven Archer
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One Eleven Archer

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2005

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2005
Band Rock Post-punk


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"S/T EP Review"

Here's the best thing about reviewing a great EP versus a full-length LP; on a great EP like this one from One Eleven Archer, you can give each track the attention it deserves, as it's only a handful of cuts. Kicking off with the frantic "Distractions," the post-punk quartet waste no time digging hooks into your ears, centred around sharp guitar shards. As the title implies, "Building Blocks" is built on an insistent beat carrying you towards an excellent bridge. The bass line takes the spotlight in "thirty" before some more great guitar interpplay leads up to a gang of whoa-oh voclas in the chorus. The band lets a little more melodic jangle shine through on "Chalk Outlines," but it's on this track that the clarity of Jesse Gander's production is most evident. "Car Accidents in Taxis" again shows OEA's great guitar interplay and finishes the EP on a great cliffhanger ending. All in all, the five songs make for an impressive, inventive debut, and hint at great things to come.

-Bill Stuart - Monday Magazine

"'Familiar Highs' Review"

It wasn't that long ago that I reviewed One Eleven Archer's debut EP and I'm still getting plenty of play out of that release. So, my ears were certainly pleased with the arrival of the quartet's full-length follow 'Familiar Highs.' And those highs I got from listening to the first EP are back, but this time with even sharper hooks digging themselves in and urgent dueling vocals rising over solid, unrelenting rhythms. And even though I myself often get frustrated with the continual compartmentalizing of music into minute genres, the post-punk and post-hardcore tags are perfect for OEA, as the band blend pretty much every touchstone that made those genres so great in the first place, but improve on those building blocks (to borrow a phrase from OEA's debut) in their own way.
-Bill Stuart
- Monday Magazine

"'Familiar Highs' Review"

'Editors Pick!' 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.

-Brad at CD Baby - CD Baby


Self Titled EP - 5 songs, recorded in Jan 2006

Familiar Highs - 10 song full-length recorded in March 2007
- "Editor's Pick" on CD Baby

The Back Kick's Back - 12 song full-length recorded in Dec 2009

Currently have several tracks being played on numerous Canadian University/College and Commercial radio, as well as Canadian, US, and UK podcasts and other streaming media.



"Bottom line, this is smart rock with songs that are well crafted and challenging in all the best ways." (

*Currently writing, performing in anticipation of recording second full-length*

*Booked and toured Canadian west coast tour in Fall of 2008*

*Selected (on standby) to play NXNE 2008 festival in Toronto, ON*

*Selected to play New Music West festival showcase in Vancouver, BC in May 2008*

*Selected to play Canada Music Week festival showcase in Toronto, ON in March 2008*

*Booked and toured from Victoria to Toronto in March 2008 to coincide with Canada Music Week*

*Selected to be the January 2008 'Band of the Month' by The Zone 91.3, a Victoria-based commercial radio station. The song 'Apocalypse Jeans' to recieve daily airplay and the band to perform a showcase headlining show.*


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, both created at the Hive Studios in Vancouver by the lovely and talented Jesse Gander. And we're 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.