Burning Codes is the solo project of Irish, Belfast born singer and songwriter Paul Archer

( Paul also contributed vocals to five tracks on Snow Patrol’s multi-platinum ‘Eyes Open’ album ). Paul has now relocated back to his homeland of Ireland and a new Irish incarnation of Burning Codes begins to evolve… 

The project also includes various sonic collaborators including Iain Archer ( Grammy nominated and Ivor Novello winning singer and songwriter - James Bay, Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg, Tired Pony, Liam Gallagher...) and Nathan Connolly of Snow Patrol and Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, both of whom have contributed to Archer’s Burning Codes releases. With a new project line up comes our brand new album “Liberator” which was released across digital platforms on 31.08.18, with a special launch gig at the beautiful art-deco Broadway Theatre, Peterborough on 31.08.18

Paul’s music has been featured on BBC Radio One Evening Session, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Cambridgeshire and many other radio stations locally and nationally as well as independent radio in Europe and the U.S..

Paul’s songs have also been featured on CBS Hollywood movie “Aquaman - Mercy Reef ” 2006 ( produced by Smallville series producers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and featuring Justin Hartley, Ving Rhames and Lou Diamond Phillips ) and Michael Lennox movie “ A Patch Of Fog ” 2015.

“ Breathtaking, it kicks...ass ” - Gary Lightbody ( Snow Patrol )

“ It is new music that sounds like nothing else around at the moment ” - Iain Archer ( Grammy nominee and Ivor Novello songwriting award winner )

“ Your concept of intimacy and space is very interesting. Beautiful music ” - Michael Rother ( NEU! / Kraftwerk )

“ Pretty rocking!” - Adam Franklin ( Swervedriver )

“ Sounds great “ - James Sedwards ( Thurston Moore ( ex Sonic Youth ) Group )

“ Burning Codes are showing why it is sometimes better to lead by what is going on inside rather than follow what is going on all around ” - Mp3 Hugger ( Irish Music Blogger )

“ Burning Codes is the solo project of Belfast-born Paul Archer.Setting out to strip himself of convention and ' seize the moment ', Archer achieves these goals and so much more with this collection of breathtaking and affecting songs ” - Alternative Ulster Magazine

Burning Codes music concerns our own unique messages, the ‘codes’ which are truly ours, uniquely understood and owned by each of us, uniquely and how we see, feel, react, encode and decipher our inner feelings and messages and the outer manifestations of what we feel, think and do.

The first single from Liberator - “Loss Leader” was released across digital platforms from 06.04.18. The single has received rotation on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire along with Cambs 105FM and PCRfm and features Iain Archer ( Grammy nominee & Ivor Novello, James Bay, Snow Patrol, Liam Gallagher, Jake Bugg... ) on guitars, bass and keys and Iain also mixed the song with Jack Karnacz-Pollitt on drums.

Upcoming Gigs:

26.07.19 - The Strand, Belfast

20.09.19 - The Warehouse Remembered - at The Pavillion, Belfast

New EP & EP & Homecoming gig TBA for September 2019


2018 Burning Codes announced a ground-breaking partnership with global sponsor

Yousician, Apple’s ‘Editor’s choice’ and award-winning educational music App with over 8 million users. The coalition will feature two of the band’s newest Liberator album tracks on

the App for users to learn and replicate on guitar, bass and other instruments. Yousician crew, including CEO Christophe Thür, attended and filmed at the band’s album launch gig on Friday 31st August 2018 at the Met Lounge in Peterborough, England.

Two songs, “Feel So Alive” and “Loss Leader” from Burning Codes current album Liberator were featured on the Yousician app for users to learn and enjoy. Yousician members playing

Burning Codes song Loss Leader can be seen here:


Burning Codes begin a new Irish incarnation as of July 2019 with current project collaborators featuring Ian Macmillan, Peeder Mccandleuss, Monty Sneddon & Thomas