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London, United Kingdom (1994 – present)

Archive is a music-collective, originating from London, UK, but based in Paris, France for many years where they enjoy a much bigger following. They are signed to Warner Music France.

Archive was formed by Londoners Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths in 1994 and began as an project. At the beginning, they mixed Bristol-style, Massive Attack, Portishead with . The first album of the band, Londinium released in 1996 (with Roya Arab and Rosko John as guest vocalists). The second album, Take my Head, (which the band hates) was released in 1999 (with a new guest vocalist Suzanne Wooder), it is much more melodic than Londinium. The first song of the album, You Make Me Feel, illustrates this change in the Archive’s music. After being dropped by their label and more changes in the lineup, the band seemed to hit its stride on the third album You All Look The Same To Me (2002), featuring singer Craig Walker (formerly of Power Of Dreams), which took a decided turn toward more (with some Progressive Rock influences, notably Pink Floyd whose indelible influence is audible on tracks such as ‘Finding it so Hard’ and ‘Again’), while still maintaining electronic elements. The band saw growing popularity and critical acclaim, especially in France, Greece, Germany and Poland. After recording two more artistically—but not too commercially—successful albums, Michel Vaillant (2003) and Noise (2004), Walker left the band for reasons the band and he will not talk about. The project continued on as a Collective, with new vocalists, Pollard Berrier and Dave Penney.

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  • thekillingspree

    I thought "Restriction" was a masterpiece, but now I think it's just an "OK" album. They've certainly done a lot better in the past. I miss Maria Q. Only "Half Built Houses" isn't enough.

    25 Feb 7:52pm Reply
  • tinymod

    magic music

    24 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • gislahurst

    At first listen the new album is just annoying. I suppose it'll take some time 'til I'll give it a 2nd spin.

    22 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • HansCastorp__

    in love;

    13 Feb 9:08pm Reply
  • scorps1234

    my love

    9 Feb 11:45pm Reply
  • DSlayer

    new album RULES, period.

    9 Feb 8:48am Reply
  • alexander755

    l 11 marzo concerto all'estragon di bologna aggiungetelo

    7 Feb 4:36pm Reply
  • lanadelreyy

    omg they're released an ep??? calm down, archive

    2 Feb 10:54pm Reply
  • FlauschiHasi

    These guys are on the verge of becoming my new absolute favorite band

    1 Feb 6:50pm Reply
  • Islandfree

    Since Controlling Crowds they didn't released anything good, what a shame... [2]

    25 Jan 9:03am Reply
  • wwmwmw

    V - you're right. i dont know why, but Holly doesn't fit to Archive for me :o with her its something like.. 'new Archive' meh.. just my feelings xD after listening to it over and over again, i like it even more now. Im glad that actually Maria, and not Holly is singing in the "half built houses" song.

    18 Jan 10:04pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    Oh! And I'm happy to see other fans here who also prefer Maria as Archive's female singer :)

    17 Jan 6:03pm Reply
  • thekillingspree

    "Restriction" is, yet again, a masterpiece. These guys don't seem to know how to make any other thing besides masterpieces. It's getting beautifully boring by now. I was worried they had ditched Maria and decided to keep just Holly instead, so I was tremendously relieved once "Half Built Houses" starts playing. I wish they'd stick to Maria more often... I like Holly, but she sounds too much like Beyoncé, specially when she sings in a higher tone. I mean, I like Beyoncé, but hearing Beyoncé singing songs written by Archive just feels messed up.

    17 Jan 6:03pm Reply
  • juplon

    no doubt, it's the best album of the year so far !

    16 Jan 5:27pm Reply
  • Karol2307

    New album is poor :( "Controlling Crowds - Part IV" was the last good thing they did. Everything they have released after CC sucks :/

    14 Jan 1:26pm Reply
  • Resifreak

    damn great new record <3

    14 Jan 12:28am Reply
  • Thimburd

    Since Controlling Crowds they didn't released anything good, what a shame...

    13 Jan 9:54pm Reply
  • Mich86

    new album is amazing !!! <3

    13 Jan 9:46pm Reply
  • Sound_of_love

    Black And Blue is Suicide [2]

    13 Jan 8:01pm Reply
  • Adenviel

    I really like the new album, can't wait to see the songs played live

    13 Jan 1:08pm Reply
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