The next installment of the Memory Box Social monthly at the Horse and Groom features a classic house producer of epic proportions – the legendary Mark Archer, a man of many rave monikers including Altern 8, Bizarre Inc, Nexus 21 and Slo-Moshun.
Mark Archer started his Production career in 1988 when along with Dean Meredith, he ventured up to the newly opened Blue Chip Studio’s in his hometown of Stafford. Starting off as a hip hop/sample house group called Rhythm Mode D, they recorded a few tracks for the studio’s own label before branching out with different styles including acid house and techno amongst others. Archer was a founder member of Bizarre inc before starting up a new project under the name Nexus 21 which went on to release tracks on legendary labels like Network and RandS as well remixes from Carl Craig, Mark Kinchen and Kevin Saunderson on KMS.
Mark was also a founder member of Altern 8 who crashed into the UK charts in 1991 with ‘Infiltrate 202’ and ‘Activ-8 (come with me)’, two chaotic slices of hardcore, the latter reaching number 3. They were aided in their chart aspirations by the circulation of fictitious press stories concerning their alleged activities, which included promoting the decongestant Vicks Vapor Rub, which, it was claimed, heightened the effects of Ecstasy; and standing as local candidates for the 1993 General Election.
Their live events were also designed as eye-catching performances, where the band donned RAF chemical warfare suits and dust masks. They were aided by their resident dancers and MC MkOne, and in the case of their gig at Stafford’s Bingley Hall, an actual shaman. His job was to cleanse the venue of its ‘rock n roll’, prior to performance.
Additional vinyl outings included the ‘Overload ep’ (1990), ‘Frequency’ (10,000 copies of which were on sale for a single day only and written solely by Archer), and another top ten hit, ’Evapor 8’, followed by ’Hypnotic St8’, the LP ‘Full on Mask Hysteria’
On Saturday November 09, 2013 at 9:00 pm (ends Sunday November 10, 2013 at 4:00 am)
FREE B4 10P: Free Entry
standard : £4/5
adv tickets: £3
Artists: Mark Archer (Altern 8, Nexus 21, Bizarre Inc), Robin Ball (Memory Box)