Iain Archer is riding high following his successful writing collaboration with Jake Bugg, for which he won an Ivor Novello award.
Music-News.com was lucky enough to catch-up with him at the Bushmills Live event at the Bushmill Distillery and talk about Jake Bugg, Tired Pony and future plans.
Archer comes from a musical background and released several solo albums in the mid 90s on the small Scottish independent label Sticky Music. After a stint with Snow Patrol and a side project with Snow Patrol's frontman Gary Lightbody in The Reindeer Section, he returned to his solo career. In 2004, he released the album Flood the Tanks, and in 2006 Magnetic North, co-produced with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything), both to critical acclaim. His most recent album, To the Pine Roots, was released in 2009.
In 2005, Archer saw UK top 5 success with Snow Patrol's hit Run which became a UK #1 in 2008. He is an Ivor Novello Award winner (Album Award – Final Straw by Snow Patrol) and a 2013 Ivor Novello Award nominee (Best Song Musically & Lyrically – Two Fingers by Jake Bugg).
Archer is also a member of Tired Pony, a band comprising Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.), Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Jacknife Lee and Troy Stewart. Tired Pony released their debut record The Place We Ran From in July 2010 which featured contributions from Zooey Deschanel, M Ward, Tom Smith (Editors) and was recorded in Portland, Oregon. They completed their as yet untitled follow-up in early 2013, recorded in Topanga Canyon, L.A..
Check out the Music-News.com full uncut interview above.
Jake Bugg with Iain Archer 'Two Fingers' @ Bushmills Live 20/06/13
Jake Bugg with Iain Archer 'Slumville Sunrise' @ Bushmills Live 20/06/13
Jake Bugg with Iain Archer 'Lightning Bolt' @ Bushmills Live 20/06/13
Iain Archer with David C Clements @ Bushmills Live 20/06/13