Iain Archer is a singer–songwriter/producer from Bangor, Northern Ireland. Archer comes from a musical background and released several solo albums in the mid-1990s on the small Scottish independent label Sticky Music. After a stint with Snow Patrol and a side project with the band's frontman Gary Lightbody in The Reindeer Section, he returned to his solo career. In 2004, he released the album Flood the Tanks, and in 2006 Magnetic North, co-produced with David Kosten (Bat for Lashes, Everything Everything), both to critical acclaim. His most recent album, To the Pine Roots, was released in 2009.
In 2005, Archer saw UK top 5 success with Snow Patrol's hit Run which became a UK No.1 in 2008. He is an Ivor Novello Award winner (Album Award – Final Straw by Snow Patrol) and a 2013 Ivor Novello Award nominee (Best Song Musically & Lyrically – Two Fingers by Jake Bugg). Archer is a member of Tired Pony, a band comprising Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M.), Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Jacknife Lee and Troy Stewart.
Tired Pony released their debut record The Place We Ran From in July 2010 which featured contributions from Zooey Deschanel, M Ward, Tom Smith (Editors) and was recorded in Portland, Oregon.
They completed their follow-up, titled The Ghost of the Mountain in early 2013, recorded in Topanga Canyon of Southern California.
Archer is married to singer Miriam Kaufmann.