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How talking to strangers helped ARCHIE find fans and a head bopper

Lachlan Roberts 7 November 2019
Geromy Houghton, Liv Faletoese, Xandy Wanjura and Grant Simpson

Geromy Houghton, Liv Faletoese, Xandy Wanjura and Grant Simpson are here to grab your attention. Photos: George Tsotsos.

Having completed their apprenticeship playing small gigs around the nation’s capital, ARCHIE is primed and ready to take the spotlight.

Since bursting onto the scene in July, the bubbly foursome have been going about their business – not-so-quietly – garnering a following wherever they go.

The band is now launching their first single Stranger Danger at Transit on Friday night (8 November). The song is a warning about the dangers of talking to strangers, even though the band refuted that caution when selling tickets and merch on the ANU campus.

The band was spotted on several occasions in the Kambri precinct talking to passersby, the ultimate speed dating to convince strangers they are the ones they should spend your Friday night with.

“A girl came up to us and we told her about the band but she left without buying anything,” Geromy shared with a grin. “Then about 10 minutes later she came back and said ‘I just listened to your track and I reckon I’m going to buy a ticket’.

“That was a good feeling.”

Stranger Danger was the very first song the group jammed together 12 months ago, and the lyrics came from Grant’s experience of unwanted visitors.

“I had this experience when someone came knocking on my door and they tried to push their agenda on me,” Grant shared. “The whole situation felt weird. I had never met these people before but somehow they managed to make me feel bad for not seeing the world through their eyes.

“On the deeper level, people tend to come calling and knocking on your door when they want something from you or when they have an agenda to push. It’s a warning about where you place your trust.”

The launch is the next big step for the energetic group, symbolised by Grant’s A4 piece of paper full of ideas.

“A month ago, Grant came to us with a sheet of things that he wanted at the single launch,” Xandy recalled. “It was at a meeting and we were wrapping up and then he brought forward a document about what he wanted the launch to look like.

“We have tried to do as much of them as we can but there are limitations to what we can do. The rest of it we can keep in our back pocket for another show.”

Despite the group’s palpable enthusiasm, the band is doing their best to keep the expectations in check.

“We have to keep reminding ourselves that it’s our first real show,” Liv said. “We have a lot of people coming to our show who haven’t seen us before, so this is our first chance to show the hype is legitimate.

“We are going to have fun on stage and if we can help the crowd have fun too, then that would be awesome.”

ARCHIE’s debut single launch

For launch detail, visit Facebook.

8 pm, 8 November 2019
Transit Bar
For tickets, visit Moshtix.


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