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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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  • Johanusus

    Just my luck, discovering bands who have already visited my country for multiple gigs.

    Yesterday 8:11pm Reply
  • Eipam

    It means so much to me

    23 May 9:24pm Reply
  • soheil21

    i will fade!

    23 May 8:32pm Reply
  • LumenObscurum

    I love Axiom, you just can't get enough of it.

    18 May 2:46pm Reply
  • catwars

    Probably the best band that a friend has ever recommended me

    17 May 1:07am Reply
  • SPaGetTea

    ♥ Favorite band ♥

    15 May 7:00am Reply
  • sylleryum

    Restriction isn't bad at all but compared to controlling crowds and previous albums it is pretty weak

    12 May 11:07pm Reply
  • LumenObscurum

    Oh, I see what you did there... ^_^

    6 May 5:32pm Reply
  • fikschnitzel

    Since Restriction they didn't released anything good, what a shame... [3]

    5 May 10:33pm Reply
  • Mr_hellos

    Black and Blue ....♥♥♥♥♥

    27 Apr 10:54am Reply
  • Cyanide1992

    Black and Blue

    26 Apr 4:34pm Reply
  • Mr_Zombo

    "Restriction" is weird. It's definitely worse than many of Archive's previous albums. When I heard it for the first time I thought it's bad. And yet... I find the album pretty addictive. Few songs from the album just stuck in my head making me listen to the album over and over again.

    3 Apr 7:14am Reply
  • understanding0

    This band make art. I'm so happy that I found this guys one other day. [2]

    2 Apr 1:09pm Reply
  • Nostradanus

    Heh, quite disappointed by Restriction. It just doesn't click. Not too inspired are we?

    31 Mar 7:26pm Reply
  • grunge1ofil

    They are genious.

    30 Mar 10:13pm Reply
  • russianvoodoo

    This band make art. I'm so happy that I found this guys one other day.

    10 Mar 9:49pm Reply
  • extrasens1982

    melancholy.......

    8 Mar 6:39pm Reply
  • 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
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