Archean Soundtrack

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Archean Soundtrack
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Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Rap, rock, alternative rock, hip hop, progressive rock
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts CoCo and the Butterfields, Colin Sell, Lucy Spraggan
Members Roger Parkins, Darren Gosling, Josh Carter, Jonny Hopwood, Craig Mitchell
Past members Nasi Voutsas

Archean Soundtrack are a British rock/hip-hop band from London, England.[1] It was formed by actors from the accredited East 15 Acting School in 2009. Archean Soundtrack are best known for their single Reach, the music video of which was directed by Duncan Guymer, who oversaw the viral marketing videos for Thorpe Park's new ride, "The Swarm". This single was chosen by BBC Essex's Ollie Winiberg for broadcast on BBC Introducing in 2012. The band were also finalists in the sixth year of the widely acknowledged Live and Unsigned competition in the UK.[2]


Archean Soundtrack was formed in 2009, when actors Roger Parkins and Josh Carter met whilst working on Arthur Miller's play All My Sons at London's East 15 Acting School. Together with fellow actors Darren Gosling, Nasi Voutsas and Craig Mitchell, the group began to experiment with varying musical styles and genres. Beginning with the exploration of funk and rock, the introduction of Craig Mitchell brought about a shift towards hip hop.

In summer 2010, the band released their first EP, Where Are the Prodigal Sons. However, their most recognized single to date has been Reach. Released in early 2011, the music video was subsequently made by Duncan Guymer, who worked as director for the viral marketing video for Thorpe Park's new ride, "The Swarm".

In 2012, Reach was chosen by BBC Essex's Ollie Winiberg to be broadcast on BBC Introducing, a showcase for unsigned, self signed and other emerging musical talent, primarily from the UK.

Later that year, the band entered the annual Live and Unsigned competition. The talent contest has previously been judged by Noddy Holder, Annie Nightingale, Mark Hill and BBC Radio 1 DJ Ras Kwame. Archean Soundtrack made it to the finals, but in the end were beaten by CoCo and the Butterfields.[3]

Archean Soundtrack also competed in McFly's Battle of the Bands contest, in which the winners would go on to play in McFly's 2012 tour Keep Calm & Play Louder.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Archean Soundtrack Ready to Rock Camden". Purple Revolver. April 22, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Four piece bring edgy sounds to competition". This Is Bath (Bath Chronicle). March 15, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Archean Soundtrack get through to the Live and Unsigned finals". Basingstoke Gazette. March 27, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Young band could support McFly". This Is Bath (Bath Chronicle). November 10, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Live Music in Hayes Essex". Live and Unsigned. May 22, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2013.