The end of festival season is always sad – there’s no more opportunities to disgrace yourself in a field and go home with little to no consequences, it becomes less appropriate to get horrifically drunk and worst of all, less opportunity to discover new and great artists. But, worry not, for Worcester holds a golden opportunity. You may not be able to camp in a field and build up a wall of B.O. but you will find more than a few hidden gems amongst the sprawling metropolitan festival. Dotted across various venues within the city, every type of music will be showcased alongside spoken word and comedy acts on Sunday night. The best part? It’s all in aid of a wonderful charity: St. Paul’s Hostel. If you have any sense left after the summer, you’ll be heading down to soak up the talent between the 15th-17th of September.
We’re super stoked to have our own input in the festival this year by hosting our own night of music at Monroe’s Cellar Bar. On our line up with have four talented indie rock bands, including The Clause, ClayToRide and Tell Me I’m Pretty – you can find more info here. Kicking off the night is Hereford based The Archivists…
WHO: The Archivists | WHERE: Monroe’s Cellar Bar | WHEN: Sun 17th @ 8:30pm
How are you feeling about Worcester Music Festival? Are you excited?
We’ve played a couple of festivals before and they’re our best gigs because you get so many new faces that may have never discovered you, so we want to see what the Worcester music festival has to offer! We have only ever played in Worcester in different bands, so this is actually our debut performance as the archivists in Worcester!
How would you like to introduce yourself to new fans?
If you like rock music and storing pieces of history you will love The Archivists!
You’ve just released new EP ‘Her’ and they’re looking great – it really packs a punch and already sounds like a classic. Do you want to tell us more about it?
2 of the songs were written right before the band was formed and were the catalyst that actually got the band together! We never intended on making an EP so soon but by winter of 2016 Jordan had written and recorded roughly 15 demos so we decided that we’d book some studio time and record a few of them. We ended up recording the bulk of the album in the Hereford tech college but we recorded vocals and synths at our houses. We mixed the EP in the Tech college and the final song on the EP, ‘Viscous Intent’, was mixed in Real world studios! We made the album artwork ourselves which is just a painting of our A logo as decided to keep the design simple. The reason its called ‘Her’ is because every song bar one is about the same girl. The one exception to that is ‘Andrea’ which is about our friend Andy who mixed the EP for us. You can buy physical copies from us or listen to it on Spotify and iTunes!
Have you played at other festivals before? How was your experience?
We recently played at down on the farm and it was our favourite gig we’ve played as the sound engineering was really good! Not often we can actually hear what we’re playing on stage!
What was your first live performance like? How has your act developed since then?
We’ve all been in different bands for a few years, Jordan was the guitarist for a band called fault line that lasted from 2010 to 2015! We have all changed a lot from where we started and met some awesome people along the way!
How has your local music scene affected the way you play live?
It’s always felt quite lacking in Hereford until The Booth Hall opened a year or two ago. We played many gigs there and it was always really busy. However it has recently shut down so we actually feel really motivated to find new places that have a real spark and atmosphere that we would want to play a few times!
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for your performance?
Right before we started recording our EP our bassist left, we didn’t feel that we would have enough time to find a new bassist in time for upcoming gigs or to record bass for ‘Her’. We had a gig a couple days after he left so Jordan managed to buy an octave pedal which we put through a bass amp which meant he could play the bass part at the same time as playing the guitar part. Since then the rig has really improved and we are pretty happy with how it sounds, a lot of people are really confused how they can hear, two guitars and a bass when there are only two guitars on stage!
And finally, do you have any tales of the road you’d like to share with us?
We once played a gig when we were really drunk. We remember getting to the venue and the sound check, then the next thing we can remember is being told to get out of some persons house at 7am the next morning! We had ended up at some random dudes house party! That was ironically the most memorable and non-memorable gig we have ever played! Also, hen mixing the song ‘Viscous Intent’ at Real world studios, the producer for UB40 Dan Armstrong offered to play and record piano for the song!
The Archivists: Facebook
Worcester Music Festival takes place 15th-17th of September across the city and is in aid of St. Paul’s Hostel who are working to improve the care they provide for the homeless.