Martin Smith – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Lead singer and guitarist Martin Smith was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada before his family moved south to Seattle. Martin is the lead singer for resurgent originals Pacific Northwest rock band Archer. As the newest ‘Vark member, he’s bringing stage energy and his trademark unique “counter tenor” voice, sharing a range with artists like Steve Perry, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Elton John and Prince.
Doug Buell – Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar (Left-Handed)
Doug thanks his Grandma for giving his family her old 1930s Wurlitzer spinet upright piano. As a teen, he taught himself to play piano songs from Chicago, Elton John and ELO at his home in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. As a teenager, he co-founded his first garage band, Renegade, with his friends, guitarist Scott Wade (Foil) and drummer Steve Wiederhold (Tad). In 1979, Doug met Lead Singer/Guitarist Martin Smith, and they created a band that eventually became Archer. From 1979 to 1984, they were a booked solid staple cover band on the Pacific Northwest club scene. In the early 2000s, Doug played clubs, events and parties with 2nd Nature, mixing old rock-blues and dance hits with modern alternative-funk. While Aardvarks Utd. reunites him with Wade and satisfies his itch to perform and entertain, he has also rejoined with his bandmates from the fabled Archer. The band’s debut CD, “There Goes Paradise: It’s All Over Now,” released in early 2020, available for purchase and download, CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon, or listen on Spotify. Doug and his wife, Leslie, have two grown daughters and a granddaughter. Look for release of Archer’s second CD in December 2020.
Scott Wade – Guitars, Vocals
Scott has been playing music for 40 years. He started out playing guitar for fun, just messing around, and took a few lessons as a kid. Scott and Doug, joined by Steve Weid, original drummer with Seattle’s grunge act, formed a band called Renegade when they were teens. Their sound at the time verged into punk, with a Jimi Hendrix feel influenced by Scott’s love for his playing style. Scott has played in such bands as Dark Matter Noise, Foil, Resonator and Sledge. For a living, he’s involved in computers and investing. Beyond Hendrix, Scott was influenced by Rush and 80’s alt-punk; Joy Division, to name one example.
Steve Powell – Vocals, Drums
Steve has been a drummer since the fourth grade. He started by playing along to records of the day, 45’s and albums. After playing through high school, he took a break during college and in his 20s raising a family. But he’s been playing in classic rock bands in Port Angeles, Olympia (Motorcar) and now Everett regularly for almost 30 years. He loves most types of music and still plays and enjoys most sports. He’s the editor of a local newspaper. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children and eight grandchildren between them. They live in Marysville.
Chris Gillen – Bass
Since his teens, Chris has been an avowed fan of Rush, and it’s a Geddy Lee style of bass-playing that he has honed for decades. He has played music with Scott Wade since they were growing up in the Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, Wash. area.