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Friday night was a big one for Vancouver. As I packed up to leave town for a month the next morning at 5am, and the city was in Mumford & Sons fever, something special happened at the Media Club. Victoria’s The Archers kicked off their tour with a full house, dance party, and entire community of supporters and fans.


First off the bat was Jasper Sloan Yip followed by The Ruffled Feathers. Both bands are VMR classics, bands that we have known and loved for ages. This show was a bit different because of the new music coming from both bands, especially Jasper who played all of 2 old songs. The dancing picked up with RF, as shakers were passed around and everybody got into it.
By the time The Archers got on stage, expectations were high but they delivered fully. They take energetic folk music to a whole new level. Their song writing is mature, their melodies were polished, and their songs catchy as ever. A contrast between uplifting and dark material was used well and the emotions ran through the crowd, although the young men always lightened things up in between songs with banter and stories. “Cathedrals” is a great intro song to the band that people from an extreme variety of music tastes can appreciate. The instrument switch-ups, extreme drum-offs a-la The Matinee, and Lady Gaga encore made the set memorable and unique. I can’t really think of a better West Coast ambassador band to be touring Canada right now.






Categories: Show Reviews
- Vancouver Music Review


The Archers are a young band from Victoria BC currently on tour promoting their album Much More Than Merry Men. This was the first time many of us from Ottawa and Quebec ever heard of The Archers and we were blown away by their high energy performance. This band of 5 friends have created a unique rock/folk sound that has a style of lyrical melodies similar to Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons inspired music. Their stage performance is energetic and crowd pleasing and after just one song I felt a sensation of pride for this Canadian born band. - Color Coated Life


JORDAN C. HANFORD
Victoria-based folk/rock ensemble The Archers officially formed in September 2010 when, after a few short months, co-founders Sandy Hughes and Ethan Caleb decided that their two-piece collaborative, which had primarily focused on an acoustic folk sound, could use a little more kick. So, while in their final year of study at Stelly’s Secondary School, the duo signed up classmates Liam McLaren (bass) and Liam Moes (percussion and piano).

The quartet soon saw the potential in utilizing McLaren’s vocal abilities and skills on guitar, mandolin and the ivories, and so recruited Bob McMullen to take over as bassist. McMullen incorporates yet another audio dynamic into The Archers’ sound: the trumpet.

“We all knew each other in high school. Four of us were already pretty good friends, and then we found Robert McMullen sitting in the library with his bass,” recalls Hughes. And then there were five.

To say The Archers are multi-talented musicians is an understatement. Caleb (ukulele and banjo) and Hughes (mandolin) also share in vocal, guitar and piano duties, as well as divvying up songwriting efforts with McLaren. Songs are arranged collectively to complete the compositions.

Their impressive creativity has not gone unnoticed. In April 2011, the band earned the Youthink magazine B.C.’s Best Teen Band of the Year award and then claimed the title honour of Victoria’s Garage Band Live award the following month. Since dropping their debut EP in August 2011 (Much More Than Merry Men is now receiving rotational airplay on several radio stations nationwide), they’ve been hitting nothing but bull’s eyes.

Victoria radio station The Zone FM sanctioned The Archers as June 2012’s Band of the Month. The group is currently in contention for the Young Performer of the Year Award as 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees.

The band’s live performance accomplishments include: Fringe Fest, the FolkWest Fundraiser, the TedX Youth Conference, Kulth Festival and Victoria’s 2012 Earth Day Celebrations. They entertained thousands of eager spectators on the Parliament Buildings’ main stage during Victoria’s 2012 Canada Day celebration, have participated in Rifflandia festivals and continue to play at high schools and benefit concerts.

The Archers recently returned home from their second western provincial tour and show little sign of letting up, with four shows scheduled on Vancouver Island over the next few weeks, starting with their UVic gig.

“We’ve played Felicita’s once before for a benefit show. It went really well. The crowd was great,” says Hughes. “We’re looking forward to being back.”

The growing demand for the band doesn’t seem to be tiring Hughes. “It’s pretty fantastic getting to do all this fun stuff . . . and we are all still so young,” he says.

One potential downside to their accomplishments, however, is the fact that, as a group of males in the twilight of their teen years (two members are currently 18, and the others are 19), the dreaded “boy band” label is bound to get bandied about.

“We had a show in Sidney, [B.C.], and a couple of girls came up to us before we played saying that we looked a lot like One Direction. But then, after we performed, they came back to apologize,” says Hughes.
One comparison that the band doesn’t mind is to Britain’s Mumford & Sons, whose album Babel (September 2012) debuted at number one in the U.K. and U.S. And although The Archers’ members are fans, Hughes states, “We’re heavily influenced by local artists the most.” Aidan Knight, Current Swell and Local Code are three such groups.
Surrey-based indie folksters Good for Grapes are slated to open the Felicita’s show.

“This will be our third time playing together, and we’re thrilled to work with them again. We’ve become kind of close,” says Hughes. “They’re great. And they know how to put on a show.”

With all of their accomplishments, The Archers are becoming one of Canada’s most rapidly ascending bands. Catch them while you can.
THE ARCHERS (WITH GOOD FOR GRAPES)

Friday, Oct. 19 @ 9 p.m.
Felicita’s Pub (UVic Students’ Union Building)
$10 general or $8 with student ID
THE ZONE’S
BAND OF THE MONTH SHOWCASE II
THE ARCHERS, LINDSAY BRYAN AND
BALL GAG ‘N’ CHAIN GANG
Thursday, Oct. 25 @ 9 p.m.
Lucky Bar
$7 in advance (available at Lyle’s Place or Ditch Records); $9 at the door
The Archers on target for
success
VICTORIA WRITERS FESTIVAL
CHECK OUT COVERAGE OF THE VICTORIA WRITERS FESTIVAL ON MARTLET.CA
From left to right: Susan Musgrave, Anakana Schofield, Bill Gaston, Arleen Paré and Tricia Dower filled Camosun College's Gibson Auditorium with readings and words about writing on Oct. 12.
Top: The emblematic typewriter was properly represented at the inaugural festival.
PROVIDED
The Archers take aim at Felicita’s (UVic’s campus pub in the SUB) Friday, Oct. 19, along with fellow indie-folk artists Good for Grapes.
- UVic - The Martlet


The Archers, made up of Rob McMullen, Ethan Henthorn, Liam Moes, Liam McLaren and Sandy Hughes play the Charlie White Theatre April 21 to kick off their 10-city tour.
Arnold Lim/News staff
By Staff Writer - Peninsula News Review
Published: April 16, 2012 2:00 PM
Updated: April 16, 2012 2:25 PM
With a new single on the horizon, the Archers have their sights set on tour.
For the first time the five-man troupe of Stelly’s graduates featuring Ethan Caleb, Liam Moes, Sandy Hughes, Robert McMullen, and Liam McLaren are taking their show east of the Mainland – with an eye on building on “their sound” that sets them apart.
“We think we have a cool sound going on,” said drummer Liam Moes. “We feel like we have stumbled across something interesting and we hope others feel the same way.”
They aren’t the only ones who believe that, early in 2011 the band secured top spot in YouThink’s B.C.’s Best Teen Band Contest taking home the cash and studio recording time that came with the title. Keeping the ball rolling they used the studio time to record their newest single Cathedral, the money to finance a tour, and the newfound confidence to propel themselves across B.C. and Alberta. Headlining a triple bill along with Steph MacPherson and Fir Cone to kick off the tour, the Archers hope supporters come out in full force to fill their home building as a send off for the 10-city tour. They play the Charlie White Theatre on April 21.
“We pride ourselves on putting on a good live show. We always try to bring good energy and have fun,” Moes said. “We want people to come out to our shows, the more people come out the better we play.”
Fun comes easier these days. After high school graduation last June, the future was uncertain and potential for members to embark on different paths was very real. Winning the contest reaffirmed the commitment to each other – and Ethan Caleb, one of the band’s founders, believes his choice was an easy one.
“The best decision I ever made was to stick around doing what we love,” Caleb said. “Things are happening to us, it is not just a dream anymore. It is something more.”
When they return from their 10-stop tour, the five hope to focus on creating a new full-length album and refining the sound that is getting them noticed.
“We just want to keep what we are doing, and keep playing music we love. Our goal is to keep doing that and not have to paint houses and drywall and insulate.” Caleb said laughing.
“The best part of being in the Archers is we get to play music … We tapped into a sound people seem to be enjoying at all ages … If people want to listen and dance and enjoy it in any way – that is great.”

http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/entertainment/147653995.html - Peninsula News


The Archers, made up of Rob McMullen, Ethan Henthorn, Liam Moes, Liam McLaren and Sandy Hughes play the Charlie White Theatre April 21 to kick off their 10-city tour.
Arnold Lim/News staff
By Staff Writer - Peninsula News Review
Published: April 16, 2012 2:00 PM
Updated: April 16, 2012 2:25 PM
With a new single on the horizon, the Archers have their sights set on tour.
For the first time the five-man troupe of Stelly’s graduates featuring Ethan Caleb, Liam Moes, Sandy Hughes, Robert McMullen, and Liam McLaren are taking their show east of the Mainland – with an eye on building on “their sound” that sets them apart.
“We think we have a cool sound going on,” said drummer Liam Moes. “We feel like we have stumbled across something interesting and we hope others feel the same way.”
They aren’t the only ones who believe that, early in 2011 the band secured top spot in YouThink’s B.C.’s Best Teen Band Contest taking home the cash and studio recording time that came with the title. Keeping the ball rolling they used the studio time to record their newest single Cathedral, the money to finance a tour, and the newfound confidence to propel themselves across B.C. and Alberta. Headlining a triple bill along with Steph MacPherson and Fir Cone to kick off the tour, the Archers hope supporters come out in full force to fill their home building as a send off for the 10-city tour. They play the Charlie White Theatre on April 21.
“We pride ourselves on putting on a good live show. We always try to bring good energy and have fun,” Moes said. “We want people to come out to our shows, the more people come out the better we play.”
Fun comes easier these days. After high school graduation last June, the future was uncertain and potential for members to embark on different paths was very real. Winning the contest reaffirmed the commitment to each other – and Ethan Caleb, one of the band’s founders, believes his choice was an easy one.
“The best decision I ever made was to stick around doing what we love,” Caleb said. “Things are happening to us, it is not just a dream anymore. It is something more.”
When they return from their 10-stop tour, the five hope to focus on creating a new full-length album and refining the sound that is getting them noticed.
“We just want to keep what we are doing, and keep playing music we love. Our goal is to keep doing that and not have to paint houses and drywall and insulate.” Caleb said laughing.
“The best part of being in the Archers is we get to play music … We tapped into a sound people seem to be enjoying at all ages … If people want to listen and dance and enjoy it in any way – that is great.”

http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/entertainment/147653995.html - Peninsula News



Hailing from Vancouver, The Archers set their sights on Radio 3 with "The Sun Will Rise", a folksy alt-rock trip and the latest audio arrow from their album quiver Much More Than Merry Men.
http://music.cbc.ca/play/artist/The-Archers/The-Sun-Will-Rise With influences drawn from the softer side of the rock spectrum, The Archers merry brand of music brings together warm harmonies, direct lyrics and pointed guitars. If the groups' aim with "The Sun Will Rise" was to create winning whimsical folk-pop, then The Archers have hit their target.
Sounds Like: The sons of Mumford and Sons
["The Sun Will Rise" was added to rotation this week on CBC Radio 3]
posted by Steve Venegas on Jun 11, 2012
- CBC Radio 3 Blog Post


BY KIRSTY CHAN - RIVERSIDE SECONDARY, COQUITLAM BC JUN 6, 2012
The Archers complete their first tour across Western Canada.
Victoria alt-indie folk band The Archers have already hit quite a few milestones in their young music careers. They won Youthink's 2011 BC's Best Teen Band Contest, released their debut EP Much More Than Merry Men and have played their hearts out at big music festivals like Rifflandia; but recently, the five-member band (Ethan Caleb, Sandy Hughes, Liam Moes, Liam McLaren, Robert (Bob) McMullen) may have hit their biggest milestone to date as they just completed their first ever tour, taking their show on the road across Western Canada. I got a chance to catch up with singer Ethan Caleb where he only had positive things to say about the experience.
“The tour was definitely a success. Learned a lot, had tons of fun, made some connections and learned how necessary Tim Horton's Bagel BELTS are in the morning (so good, and very fresh). Definitely have some things we’ll do differently next time around, but for our first time out we did pretty well I'd say.”
Not only did the band get a chance to perfomr in front of different crowds, they also got a crash course on what life on the road is really like - and it's no surprise to hear that it wasn't easy to have so many boys in such close quarters for an extended period of time. The good news is they managed to survive the tour without incident.
“Surprisingly it was fairly friction-free. When things did start to get heated or we could tell someone was a little edgy, we all learned to give space. We all still love each other, and by the end we all said we could go for another two weeks.” And it's clear from chatting with Caleb that the good times outweighed any rough patches on tour. They played Pokemon, listened to The Hunger Gamesaudiobook, and for Caleb, his best memory was a very brief moment.
“We were staying a night in Cranbrook with some of Bob's family before heading to play a show in Kelowna, and Moose (guitarist, Liam McLaren) had his hair licked by this cat. Nobody agrees that it was the best moment on tour. They didn't think it was nearly as funny as I did... but trust me it was great.”
It looks like the guys really did enjoy all aspects of being on the road with each other as plans are already in the works for yet another tour. The band is getting ready to set forth and put all their newly gained wisdom to use, this time delving even farther into the heart of the country.
“We're already in the midst of mapping out a fall tour to Winnipeg and back. We're planning to do some recording in the fall after we get back [from the tour] and get some new material out soon, hopefully. Everything is still in the planning stages but we're very excited nonetheless."
In the meantime, the good times just keep on rolling as The Archers have been invited to be the opening band for Jon and Roy's June 22 concert in Vancouver. Also performing at that concert is Ryan Guldemond, guitarist and vocalist for Vancouver-based band Mother Mother.
One of the best parts about following a young, talented band is getting to see them constantly take the next step, and The Archers' ever-growing fan base will surely be seeing the band hit many more great milestones in the coming years.
- Youthink


By Mike Devlin, Times Colonist April 18, 2012 8:31 AM




The Archers will perform in Sidney on Saturday
Photograph by: Handout , Courtesy
Bands who spend a good deal of time on the road have a recurring set of problems that need solving.
Victoria teen quintet the Archers faced an unusual one long before they even put rubber to the road.
Right out of the gate, the band actually had to recruit someone to drive the van on their upcoming tour, since no one in the group had their driver's licence.
"It sometimes is a nuisance trying to organize how we're going to get to a gig with all our gear," said singer-guitarist Sandy Hughes, 19. "We're a five piece and all play an assortment of instruments, so we have to bring everything and all our members, but none of us can take more than one person in a car at a time."
That's not necessarily a bad problem to contend with, all things considered. That a group such as the Archers - whose members aren't yet a year out of high school - has on its schedule an upcoming tour to Alberta and back is an accomplishment in and of itself. It's even more impressive when you consider that the band, with a membership ranging in age from 17 to 19, has been together for only a year and a half.
The past year has been a huge period of growth both musically and professionally, Hughes said. "We're all really young, so we learned how to better interact with people than we used to.
There's so much to learn about the music industry, and by no means have we mastered any of it. There's no real guide."
Last year, the group played its first gig outside of Vancouver Island during the Vancouver finals of B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest. The five Stelly's Secondary School students eventually won the contest, along with $10,000 worth of prizes, and followed that by playing a well-received set at Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May's election-night victory party in Sidney.
That was only the beginning. Their rootsy debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men, a nod to their Robin Hood-related moniker, arrived soon after, and the group set off on a string of shows that included stops at the Rifflandia festival and the Canada Day festivities on the lawn of the legislature.
In the beginning, the group was a part-time project for everyone involved.
But now that they have all graduated high school, Hughes and singer-guitarist Ethan Henthorn, drummer Liam Moes, multi-instrumentalist Liam McLaren, and bassist Robert McMullen are focused on the future.
"We're obviously all in it because we love it," Hughes said. "Fully, our intention is on music."
McMullen is the only member pursuing a postsecondary education at the moment, so the group's schedule is quickly becoming full. The Archers perform on Saturday at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre, followed by dates in Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge, Kelowna and Abbotsford that amount to the band's first tour.
They will follow that with a homecoming show on May 25 at the Off the Grid Music and Art Festival on Fort Rodd Hill. The group will return to the legislature lawn for Canada Day and will appear on July 21 at the Kulth Festival in Coombs.
Early on in their career, they took anything that was offered to them ("We played as much as we could," Hughes said), but the Archers are purposely branching out in terms of the scope of their upcoming live dates.
"We are all young, so I think we cater to a more youthful audience," Hughes said.
"But from playing an assortment of community events, it seems like [all kinds of people] enjoy our show. I think it's because we're a vocal-based band. And vocals tend to suck in the listener, especially with three-part harmonies."
Longtime friends Hughes and Henthorn started out as an acoustic duo named the Shenanigans.
After the addition of Moes, McLaren and McMullen to the renamed group, the Archers began to approach music more seriously, and put into practice the years of schooling they received while in the Stelly's music program.
It was a creative time for all, Hughes recalled. During spare classes in high school, members of the Archers and their classmates would convene in empty rooms and play for hours on end.
"The year we graduated and the year previous to us were heavily involved in music," he said. "We all played together, like this big conceptual jam the entire year. We all played in bands together and some point."
Regular gigs in the Saanichton-Brentwood Bay area followed. When the group's members eventually graduated, decisions were made to follow through with a career in music, with the full support of each member's family.
It might not be forever, Hughes said, but their focus for the foreseeable future is definitely on music.
"The best thing that could ever happen would be for us to become self-sustaining. That would be incredibly spectacular.
Even if we don't end up making money off it, to be able to sustain what we do - tour and not lose money - would be spectacular."
mdevlin@timescolonist.com - The Victoria Times Colonist


By Mike Devlin, Times Colonist April 18, 2012 8:31 AM




The Archers will perform in Sidney on Saturday
Photograph by: Handout , Courtesy
Bands who spend a good deal of time on the road have a recurring set of problems that need solving.
Victoria teen quintet the Archers faced an unusual one long before they even put rubber to the road.
Right out of the gate, the band actually had to recruit someone to drive the van on their upcoming tour, since no one in the group had their driver's licence.
"It sometimes is a nuisance trying to organize how we're going to get to a gig with all our gear," said singer-guitarist Sandy Hughes, 19. "We're a five piece and all play an assortment of instruments, so we have to bring everything and all our members, but none of us can take more than one person in a car at a time."
That's not necessarily a bad problem to contend with, all things considered. That a group such as the Archers - whose members aren't yet a year out of high school - has on its schedule an upcoming tour to Alberta and back is an accomplishment in and of itself. It's even more impressive when you consider that the band, with a membership ranging in age from 17 to 19, has been together for only a year and a half.
The past year has been a huge period of growth both musically and professionally, Hughes said. "We're all really young, so we learned how to better interact with people than we used to.
There's so much to learn about the music industry, and by no means have we mastered any of it. There's no real guide."
Last year, the group played its first gig outside of Vancouver Island during the Vancouver finals of B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest. The five Stelly's Secondary School students eventually won the contest, along with $10,000 worth of prizes, and followed that by playing a well-received set at Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May's election-night victory party in Sidney.
That was only the beginning. Their rootsy debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men, a nod to their Robin Hood-related moniker, arrived soon after, and the group set off on a string of shows that included stops at the Rifflandia festival and the Canada Day festivities on the lawn of the legislature.
In the beginning, the group was a part-time project for everyone involved.
But now that they have all graduated high school, Hughes and singer-guitarist Ethan Henthorn, drummer Liam Moes, multi-instrumentalist Liam McLaren, and bassist Robert McMullen are focused on the future.
"We're obviously all in it because we love it," Hughes said. "Fully, our intention is on music."
McMullen is the only member pursuing a postsecondary education at the moment, so the group's schedule is quickly becoming full. The Archers perform on Saturday at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre, followed by dates in Vancouver, Calgary, Lethbridge, Kelowna and Abbotsford that amount to the band's first tour.
They will follow that with a homecoming show on May 25 at the Off the Grid Music and Art Festival on Fort Rodd Hill. The group will return to the legislature lawn for Canada Day and will appear on July 21 at the Kulth Festival in Coombs.
Early on in their career, they took anything that was offered to them ("We played as much as we could," Hughes said), but the Archers are purposely branching out in terms of the scope of their upcoming live dates.
"We are all young, so I think we cater to a more youthful audience," Hughes said.
"But from playing an assortment of community events, it seems like [all kinds of people] enjoy our show. I think it's because we're a vocal-based band. And vocals tend to suck in the listener, especially with three-part harmonies."
Longtime friends Hughes and Henthorn started out as an acoustic duo named the Shenanigans.
After the addition of Moes, McLaren and McMullen to the renamed group, the Archers began to approach music more seriously, and put into practice the years of schooling they received while in the Stelly's music program.
It was a creative time for all, Hughes recalled. During spare classes in high school, members of the Archers and their classmates would convene in empty rooms and play for hours on end.
"The year we graduated and the year previous to us were heavily involved in music," he said. "We all played together, like this big conceptual jam the entire year. We all played in bands together and some point."
Regular gigs in the Saanichton-Brentwood Bay area followed. When the group's members eventually graduated, decisions were made to follow through with a career in music, with the full support of each member's family.
It might not be forever, Hughes said, but their focus for the foreseeable future is definitely on music.
"The best thing that could ever happen would be for us to become self-sustaining. That would be incredibly spectacular.
Even if we don't end up making money off it, to be able to sustain what we do - tour and not lose money - would be spectacular."
mdevlin@timescolonist.com - The Victoria Times Colonist


Lewis Githinji Njoroge will have tuition, room and board for another year thanks to a rocking good time at Parkland secondary.
The Parkland Interact club started to sponsor Lewis two years ago through North Saanich-based charity, Eagle Heights Africa in BC.
Grade 12 student Dan Pedlow brewed the idea to support local bands while making a difference with a benefit concert, creating the Live4Lewis concert.
With a commitment to see Lewis through Grade 12, Parkland students have already raised enough money to guarantee four years of schooling for the youngster fondly known as the Kenyan Panther.
Pedlow served as the technical mastermind behind the sound system that allowed more than 100 local high schoolers (the bands are mix of Stelly’s and Parkland students) to enjoy the sounds of Nicola Hestnes, and The Swags.
The main act, The Archers, offered a tremendous performance with original songs and brilliant musical talent. The audience responded with rousing applause, dancing and cheering.
The Archers are set to open for Doug and the Slugs on May 28 in the Charlie White Theatre. They’ll appear again at Parkland on May 29 for the Eagle Heights Africa Spring Gala.

- Published: April 20, 2011


Lewis Githinji Njoroge will have tuition, room and board for another year thanks to a rocking good time at Parkland secondary.
The Parkland Interact club started to sponsor Lewis two years ago through North Saanich-based charity, Eagle Heights Africa in BC.
Grade 12 student Dan Pedlow brewed the idea to support local bands while making a difference with a benefit concert, creating the Live4Lewis concert.
With a commitment to see Lewis through Grade 12, Parkland students have already raised enough money to guarantee four years of schooling for the youngster fondly known as the Kenyan Panther.
Pedlow served as the technical mastermind behind the sound system that allowed more than 100 local high schoolers (the bands are mix of Stelly’s and Parkland students) to enjoy the sounds of Nicola Hestnes, and The Swags.
The main act, The Archers, offered a tremendous performance with original songs and brilliant musical talent. The audience responded with rousing applause, dancing and cheering.
The Archers are set to open for Doug and the Slugs on May 28 in the Charlie White Theatre. They’ll appear again at Parkland on May 29 for the Eagle Heights Africa Spring Gala.

- Published: April 20, 2011



Hot off their win of BC’s Best Teen Band competition, Peninsula band The Archers will headline a benefit concert this weekend.
The Archers are a five piece indie-folk band made up of Stelly’s secondary students set to graduate in June.
The group beat out bands from all over the province to win the title of BC’s Best Teen Band in a contest presented by Youthink magazine, winning approximately $10,000 worth of prizes. They are now in the process of recording their debut album, which they hope to release in June. In the meantime, they’re slated to open for Doug and the Slugs at the May 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre. This weekend they’ll feature in a fundraising concert in North Saanich.
Opening the concert will be the indie-folk band, Andy & Eleanor, featuring Andy Bacon and Eleanor Orser performing original songs and covers, and Plain & Simple, an acoustic singer-songwriter duo.
The Archers perform May 14 at 7 p.m. at St John’s United Church in Deep Cove,10990 West Saanich Road. Proceeds will go towards St. John’s youth group’s upcoming mission trip to build houses for homeless people in Mexico.
Tickets are $12. For more information, or to reserve tickets email taliagreene@shaw.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door, however seating is limited.
- Black Press



Hot off their win of BC’s Best Teen Band competition, Peninsula band The Archers will headline a benefit concert this weekend.
The Archers are a five piece indie-folk band made up of Stelly’s secondary students set to graduate in June.
The group beat out bands from all over the province to win the title of BC’s Best Teen Band in a contest presented by Youthink magazine, winning approximately $10,000 worth of prizes. They are now in the process of recording their debut album, which they hope to release in June. In the meantime, they’re slated to open for Doug and the Slugs at the May 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre. This weekend they’ll feature in a fundraising concert in North Saanich.
Opening the concert will be the indie-folk band, Andy & Eleanor, featuring Andy Bacon and Eleanor Orser performing original songs and covers, and Plain & Simple, an acoustic singer-songwriter duo.
The Archers perform May 14 at 7 p.m. at St John’s United Church in Deep Cove,10990 West Saanich Road. Proceeds will go towards St. John’s youth group’s upcoming mission trip to build houses for homeless people in Mexico.
Tickets are $12. For more information, or to reserve tickets email taliagreene@shaw.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door, however seating is limited.
- Black Press


In terms of maiden voyages, this one was pretty smooth sailing. The Archers, a group of five talented students from Stelly's Secondary School, made the most of their first off-Island foray last month by besting more than 50 entries and winning the Vancouver finals of B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest.
By doing so, the indiepop group won the equivalent of $10,000 in awards and prizes and became stars briefly in the hallways out on Stelly's Cross Road.
"It was really cool, but I couldn't lap it up," bassist Bob McMullen, 17, said Tuesday during his lunch break from classes at Stelly's.
"I didn't enjoy it the way I could have if I hadn't had sleep deprivation."
It has been a whirlwind experience, to be sure.
Between the daily school requirements and twice-aweek band practices, the Archers now have a busy concert schedule to contend with, as well.
It's all part of the fun, according to drummer Liam Moes. With their profile on the rise - one of their three concerts last week was at Elizabeth May's election night victory party in Sidney - the band is seeing the fruits of their labour, especially in terms of press coverage.
"Normally we know what's coming," Moes, 17, said. "But a whole bunch of stuff is popping up in places we've never heard of."
The band was co-founded two years ago by frontmen Sandy Hughes and Ethan Caleb Henthorn. The two friends, both 18, initially called their project the Shenanigans, only to find out the moniker was already in use.
The group, which also features 16-year-old guitarist Liam McLaren, was soon re-named the Archers and, with the addition of McMullen late last year, became a full-fledged band for the first time.
The new lineup gelled around the time B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest was casting for entries. The group submitted an original song, A Better Place, and waited for a response. They didn't have to sit still for long.
"It started as a just-forfun thing," Moes said. "We didn't know it was going to go anywhere.
"What got it really going was the contest. When we found out in January that we were in the Top 10, we really started writing music. Getting recognized for the Top 10 was cool because it was judges who picked us, and not just voting."
The Archers were announced as finalists in early February, along with Ivory Coast from Abbotsford and Victoria band Stoned Optic, who eventually placed third. The groups performed live on April 30 at Tom Lee Music Hall in downtown Vancouver, for prizes supplied by Youthink magazine, Tom Lee Music and Vancouver radio station 100.5 the Peak, among others.
Supported by a group of 40 friends and family, the Archers turned in a foursong set that included a mash-up of Aidan Knight's Jasper and the Arcade Fire's Wake Up. Though winning was a thrilling experience, it has yet to sink in fully for the band, Moes said.
"We have just started thinking about what to do with the prize money."
The group hopes to use most of its winnings to record a debut album later this year.
The rush from winning led to a creative outburst of late, with no fewer than 13 songs coming to light in recent months. There has been a sense of momentum since January, Moes said.
"Not only have we become better friends, but our music has become a lot more mature, too. The harmonies are better; we're better at performing live. It has started to get big."
The Archers finished recording a demo on Monday, which should be available in two weeks. It was recorded in the basement of the Moes family's house with Moes serving as the de facto studio boss.
"I guess if there was a 'producer' it would probably be me," the drummer said with a laugh. "That's just because I own most of the gear. But I think it sounds pretty good for a home recording."
Though two gigs are scheduled for this month, school will take centre stage until June 30.
That's the day all five Archers graduate from Stelly's and leave high school life behind.
No one in the group wants to make rash decisions about their future.
Depending on how things work out, that could mean enrolment in the music program at Selkirk College in Castlegar (all five Archers have expressed interest) or it could mean months of gigging and touring.
No matter what, McMullen said, the group has collectively decided to focus on the project fulltime for at least the length of its title reign as B.C.'s Best Teen Band.
"We're going to roll with it for a little bit. If nothing happens, we all have similar plans anyway."
The Archers perform Saturday at St. John's United Church in North Saanich. They also open for Doug and the Slugs on May 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

- Times Colonist May 11, 2011 By Mike Devlin,


In terms of maiden voyages, this one was pretty smooth sailing. The Archers, a group of five talented students from Stelly's Secondary School, made the most of their first off-Island foray last month by besting more than 50 entries and winning the Vancouver finals of B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest.
By doing so, the indiepop group won the equivalent of $10,000 in awards and prizes and became stars briefly in the hallways out on Stelly's Cross Road.
"It was really cool, but I couldn't lap it up," bassist Bob McMullen, 17, said Tuesday during his lunch break from classes at Stelly's.
"I didn't enjoy it the way I could have if I hadn't had sleep deprivation."
It has been a whirlwind experience, to be sure.
Between the daily school requirements and twice-aweek band practices, the Archers now have a busy concert schedule to contend with, as well.
It's all part of the fun, according to drummer Liam Moes. With their profile on the rise - one of their three concerts last week was at Elizabeth May's election night victory party in Sidney - the band is seeing the fruits of their labour, especially in terms of press coverage.
"Normally we know what's coming," Moes, 17, said. "But a whole bunch of stuff is popping up in places we've never heard of."
The band was co-founded two years ago by frontmen Sandy Hughes and Ethan Caleb Henthorn. The two friends, both 18, initially called their project the Shenanigans, only to find out the moniker was already in use.
The group, which also features 16-year-old guitarist Liam McLaren, was soon re-named the Archers and, with the addition of McMullen late last year, became a full-fledged band for the first time.
The new lineup gelled around the time B.C.'s Best Teen Band contest was casting for entries. The group submitted an original song, A Better Place, and waited for a response. They didn't have to sit still for long.
"It started as a just-forfun thing," Moes said. "We didn't know it was going to go anywhere.
"What got it really going was the contest. When we found out in January that we were in the Top 10, we really started writing music. Getting recognized for the Top 10 was cool because it was judges who picked us, and not just voting."
The Archers were announced as finalists in early February, along with Ivory Coast from Abbotsford and Victoria band Stoned Optic, who eventually placed third. The groups performed live on April 30 at Tom Lee Music Hall in downtown Vancouver, for prizes supplied by Youthink magazine, Tom Lee Music and Vancouver radio station 100.5 the Peak, among others.
Supported by a group of 40 friends and family, the Archers turned in a foursong set that included a mash-up of Aidan Knight's Jasper and the Arcade Fire's Wake Up. Though winning was a thrilling experience, it has yet to sink in fully for the band, Moes said.
"We have just started thinking about what to do with the prize money."
The group hopes to use most of its winnings to record a debut album later this year.
The rush from winning led to a creative outburst of late, with no fewer than 13 songs coming to light in recent months. There has been a sense of momentum since January, Moes said.
"Not only have we become better friends, but our music has become a lot more mature, too. The harmonies are better; we're better at performing live. It has started to get big."
The Archers finished recording a demo on Monday, which should be available in two weeks. It was recorded in the basement of the Moes family's house with Moes serving as the de facto studio boss.
"I guess if there was a 'producer' it would probably be me," the drummer said with a laugh. "That's just because I own most of the gear. But I think it sounds pretty good for a home recording."
Though two gigs are scheduled for this month, school will take centre stage until June 30.
That's the day all five Archers graduate from Stelly's and leave high school life behind.
No one in the group wants to make rash decisions about their future.
Depending on how things work out, that could mean enrolment in the music program at Selkirk College in Castlegar (all five Archers have expressed interest) or it could mean months of gigging and touring.
No matter what, McMullen said, the group has collectively decided to focus on the project fulltime for at least the length of its title reign as B.C.'s Best Teen Band.
"We're going to roll with it for a little bit. If nothing happens, we all have similar plans anyway."
The Archers perform Saturday at St. John's United Church in North Saanich. They also open for Doug and the Slugs on May 28 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney.

- Times Colonist May 11, 2011 By Mike Devlin,


There’s a certain balance that can be hard to achieve; that perfect blend between musical integrity and catchy hooks, lyrics that are both wise and relatable, and accessible melodies without sacrificing instrumental depth.? ?Victoria locals, The Archers, made reaching that balance seem nearly effortless with their debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men.? ?The six-song album starts out with its best foot forward with a simple but intriguing xylophone solo in The Sun Will Rise. While the kick-off track is the strongest song on the album, the rest of the CD does anything but disappoint.? ?Sullen Breeze (Part Two) is an ambitious addition to the EP that, although I had a bit of trouble making my mind up about, provides an interesting interlude from the straight folk that makes up the rest of Much More Than Merry Men.? ?From a band who only just graduated high school five months ago, Much More Than Merry Men is a well-done album that avoids being too formulaic. If that isn’t enough, according to drummer, Liam Moes, it was all home recorded.? ?“We did all the technical side of the recordings (mixing, mastering, etc) and that turned out to be a lot harder than we expected. That was probably the most difficult part, for me at least. Lots of respect was gained for the people that record bands.”? ?Despite the challenges, the album is very polished without sounding too overproduced. With such a successful EP and a killer release show at the Mary Winspear Theatre in Sidney, B.C. back in August, The Archers have no intention of slowing down. Now that they’ve leaped the hurdles of debut albums and high-school graduations, The Archers are full of aspirations.? ?“No set plans right now. Just ideas. We hope to tour B.C. and Alberta early next year… play festivals over the summer and then hopefully get into the studio and record a feature-length album.”? ?Much More Than Merry Men provides solid evidence that The Archers have huge potential and the work ethic to produce tangible results. It could be easy to write them off as just another folk-influenced Mumford and Sons spinoff, but The Archers have managed to prove that they are indeed, much more than that. - Youthink Magazine


There’s a certain balance that can be hard to achieve; that perfect blend between musical integrity and catchy hooks, lyrics that are both wise and relatable, and accessible melodies without sacrificing instrumental depth.? ?Victoria locals, The Archers, made reaching that balance seem nearly effortless with their debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men.? ?The six-song album starts out with its best foot forward with a simple but intriguing xylophone solo in The Sun Will Rise. While the kick-off track is the strongest song on the album, the rest of the CD does anything but disappoint.? ?Sullen Breeze (Part Two) is an ambitious addition to the EP that, although I had a bit of trouble making my mind up about, provides an interesting interlude from the straight folk that makes up the rest of Much More Than Merry Men.? ?From a band who only just graduated high school five months ago, Much More Than Merry Men is a well-done album that avoids being too formulaic. If that isn’t enough, according to drummer, Liam Moes, it was all home recorded.? ?“We did all the technical side of the recordings (mixing, mastering, etc) and that turned out to be a lot harder than we expected. That was probably the most difficult part, for me at least. Lots of respect was gained for the people that record bands.”? ?Despite the challenges, the album is very polished without sounding too overproduced. With such a successful EP and a killer release show at the Mary Winspear Theatre in Sidney, B.C. back in August, The Archers have no intention of slowing down. Now that they’ve leaped the hurdles of debut albums and high-school graduations, The Archers are full of aspirations.? ?“No set plans right now. Just ideas. We hope to tour B.C. and Alberta early next year… play festivals over the summer and then hopefully get into the studio and record a feature-length album.”? ?Much More Than Merry Men provides solid evidence that The Archers have huge potential and the work ethic to produce tangible results. It could be easy to write them off as just another folk-influenced Mumford and Sons spinoff, but The Archers have managed to prove that they are indeed, much more than that. - Youthink Magazine


Discography

Cathedrals (Single)
*released June 1, 2012

Much More Than Merry Men (EP)
*released August 26, 2011

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Bio

The Archers, who were awarded Victoria’s Times Colonist Music Award - “Act to Watch for 2013” and Monday Magazine’s Favourite “Emerging Artist/ Band Award” in April 2013, were also nominated for a “Young Performer of the Year Award” by the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, crowned Youthink’s “BC's Best Teen Band” in April 2011 and won Victoria’s “Garage Band Live” in May 2011.

The Archers unique Folk/Rock sound is created by their ability to be multi-talented musicians, songwriters and performers. Sharing the roles of lead vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo and multiple other percussion instruments, the band from Victoria, BC create an impressive and versatile sound full of compelling harmonies and fantastic energy.

In April 2013 they recorded their debut full length album at Monarch Studio with Tom Dobrzanski (Said The Whale, We Are The City) and had it mastered at SAE with Roger Seibel (Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver,Tegan and Sara). (release date tbd) Prior to that in August 2011 the band produced their EP, "Much More Than Merry Men", where it was added into rotation on CBC Radio3, CBC Radio 1 nationally, The Zone 91.3FM and college stations. They were also Victoria’s Zone 91.3FM’s Band of the Month in June 2012.

The Archers have performed at numerous events, including NXNE, Mission Folk Music Festival, Rifflandia Festival, VicFest, BC Day, Canada Day Main Stage, the CBC Toque Sessions, Fringe Festival, Folk West, Kulth Festival, and TedX Youth Conference and opened for Hey Ocean, Wake Owl, the Belle Game, Delhi 2 Dublin, We Are The City, Jon and Roy (Vancouver CD release with Ryan Guldemond), Steven Page, The Odds, Grand Analog, Rococode and Kim Churchill. Touring extensively over the last 2 years they’ve put over 35,000 km on their van.

“The Archers, or if Mumford and Sons had sons: With influences drawn from the softer side of the rock spectrum, The Archers merry brand of music brings together warm harmonies, direct lyrics and pointed guitars. If the groups' aim with "The Sun Will Rise" was to create winning whimsical folk-pop, then The Archers have hit their target.” - Steve Venegas CBC Radio 3 - Jun 11, 2012

"There’s a certain balance that can be hard to achieve; that perfect blend between musical integrity and catchy hooks, lyrics that are both wise and relatable, and accessible melodies without sacrificing instrumental depth. Victoria locals, The Archers, made reaching that balance seem nearly effortless with their debut EP, Much More Than Merry Men." - Youthink Magazine - Kirsty Chan

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