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The Music Connection Reviews Gem Archer

Gem Archer

Gem Archer A Crouch End Resident

The Music Connection Reviews Gem Archer

Hello people and thank you for taking the time out to read this month’s edition of The Music Connection.  I hope that you’re all keeping warm now that the summer’s over. Don’t worry, it will be Christmas soon .

For this edition, I decided to write a feature on one of the most highly rated modern day musicians. It’s Crouch End resident, Gem Archer from the music group Beady Eye.

Gem started his music career in the 1980s as the keyboard player and backing vocalist for the music group ‘’The Edge’’. The band released two singles, “Take a Walk” and “Little Girl Blue”, before breaking up after a period of 18 months.

After ‘’The Edge’’ broke up, Gem went onto play with various bands including ‘’The Contenders, Whirlpool’’ and ‘’Heavy Stereo’’; where he alternated his roles in different bands, from lead guitarist and keyboardist; to lead singer and principle songwriter.

Unfortunately, whilst in the midst of recording an album with ‘’Heavy Stereo’’ in 1999; Gems’ mother fell seriously ill and his work was put on hold.

Whilst caring for his mother back in Durham, Gem heard on the television that a possible slot had become available in the band ‘’Oasis’’. After Gems’ mother recovered from her period of ill health, Noel Gallagher who was an old friend of Gem, asked him  to join the Oasis and invited him to Olympic Studios in London, where Oasis were mixing their latest record ‘’Standing on the Shoulder of Giants’’.  The rest of ‘’Heavy Stereo’’ were pleased for him to join Oasis.

Although Gem was officially referred to as Oasis’ rhythm guitarist; whilst performing live, he would often switch between lead and rhythm guitar with Noel Gallagher, as well as being one of the songwriters in Oasis.

After Oasis split in August 2009, Gem and some of his former bandmates went on to form another band under the name, ‘Beady Eye’. His artistic contribution to the band was guitarist, bassist and backing vocalist

Aside from his work with bands, Gem has also collaborated with an array on artists including Paul Weller and the Nine Inch Nails.

More recently in 2013; Gem suffered with a fractured skull after falling down a flight of stairs at home. This resulted in a number of Beady Eyes’ performances being cancelled, most notably, their scheduled performance at the V-Festival. Gem went on to make a full recovery and continued to perform with ‘Beady Eye’.

To the shock of a lot of people, on 25th October 2014; Liam Gallagher announced on Twitter that ‘Beady Eye’ are splitting up.

I guess we’ll have to watch this space for Gem’s next project.

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See you all again in next month’s edition…

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