Architects are a metalcore band from Brighton, UK. Renowned for their energetic and intense live performances Architects have managed to share the stage with some of the biggest names in alternative music since forming back in 2004.
They have played with the likes of Faith No More, Everytime I Die, Placebo, Paramore, Glassjaw, Jane’s Addiction, Bring Me The Horizon, SikTh, The Chariot, Whitechapel, Protest The Hero, Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, August Burns Red and a whole load more!
Architects, now on their 5th album – ‘Daybreaker’ – was released in May 2012 to widespread acclaim. Architects have toured extensively around the UK, Europe, Canada and the US with their fanbase growing more and more with every tour and every release.
This show is set to blow your mind with excellent support coming in the forms of hardcore party boys Deez Nuts, and rotating opening acts that are so good they have each had tours of their own – with Acacia Strain and Bury Tomorrow.
“If there was a button that could end all human life on earth, would you press it? There would be no warning, there would be no more suffering, it would just be it. And the world could restore to its natural, balanced state, and everything would live in harmony.” – Tom Searle
Brighton’s Architects are a band who’ve never shied away from challenging the world around them. Long lauded as some of modern metal’s most progressive-thinking minds, for the past decade, the Sussex-based quintet have pushed boundaries, redefined genres, and never feared having to question themselves in order for their art to leave its mark on this Earth.
“You always want to make the record that isn’t in your CD collection,” smiles humble frontman Sam Carter. “You want to create what isn’t there, to get that out of your head.”
It’s that simple mission statement that has seen Architects settle for nothing over the course of their 10-year career; in return, nothing less than greatness has been expected of them. Since their explosion with 2009’s third album Hollow Crown, they have been marked as a special band. A band of unparalleled technical ability with a vision to match, who could define a generation. Yet it would come to pass that on sixth album Lost Forever // Lost Together, released in March 2014, they would go on to be thought of as even more than that. The uncompromisingly heavy and unapologetically outspoken record marked Architects not only an <excellent> band, but an <important> one, too, that spoke out against environmental disaster, called out political corruption and held up a mirror to an apathetic population.
It would lead to unreserved acclaim , awards (scooping the Best Album gong at the Kerrang! Magazine Awards in June 2014) and the biggest shows of their lives. And it would prepare Architects for their defining opus, which now, finally, arrives…
October 2015, and the now five members of the band – frontman Carter, bassist Ali Dean, guitarists Adam Christianson and Tom Searle, plus the latter’s twin brother drummer, Dan – boarded a plane bound for Sweden, and a return to Gothenburg’s Studio Fredman: home to the production team Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd. It was they who would previously helped realize LF/LT, and it was they who would once again be entrusted to help translate the tracks penned by principal songwriter Tom Searle that past summer into a reality. There, they would chew over some of the biggest questions facing mankind (and whether or not they really <would> push that doomsday button…) and over seven grueling weeks, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us – released this May – would take shape.
“To me, All Our Gods… is about getting to the root of the dysfunctions and disillusionment that cause all of this mess, be it personal or political or environmental,” begins Tom Searle. “It all comes down to the delusion that we need more. We’re all in a constant state of anxiety and jealousy and want and desire. So many of us are unhappy, and don’t know what to do with our lives. I think a lot of the record is about digging into that. Why are we where we are? Why we cant see the wood for the trees? Why don’t we improve on our lives personally or collectively? We get sick, but then we carry on doing the things that made us sick in the first place. We can all see the world is heading for disaster, yet we do nothing to stop it.”
Musically, All Our Gods… is the work of a band “leaving everything we had in the studio”, as Sam Carter explains. It is the heaviest and darkest work to which the band have ever put their name, both on and below its surface. It challenges and progresses a genre long thought to have stagnated, and embraces its inspirations at a time when many rock and metal bands seek to hide them in search of mainstream acceptance.
Yet it is also borne from considered minds filled not by thoughts of being the biggest band in the world, but of making a difference. Architects are, for that reason, a band like few others; they are five young men who stand for something, and who possess an intelligence, awareness and spirit that informs the very fibre of their band. The quintet all practice a vegan lifestyle, tour with a consciousness about their footprint on the world, and who devote time and energies to environmental causes. Members of the band have protested embassies and assisted in beach clean-up operations. In 2014, vocalist Sam was announced as an ambassador for ocean preservation charity Sea Shepherd, while representatives from the charity regularly join the band on tour to communicate directly with fans at shows.
“I’m so, so happy when I meet fans at shows who are wearing Sea Shepherd t-shirts,” Sam beams. “We are lucky enough to be able to stand onstage and have a platform to talk to people every night, and help spread other people’s passion and work. We’ve all been looking away for so long now. The oceans are still being poisoned, but it’s not on the front page. Why aren’t people up in arms about it? We’re killing the planet, and we should be starting now to affect change. We can’t wait any longer.”
“We go to a museum to look at nature now,” sighs Tom Searle (“And I play football on a fake grass pitch that’s been built on top of real grass,” deadpans Sam). “We look at animals with fear; the only ones we’re not scared of are dead on our plate or on a leash. People need to change their lifestyle and their habits for the good of the planet, for the sake of their own conscience.”
“There’s undeniable apathy,” adds Dan Searle, in acknowledgment of the rage that underpins All Our Gods…. “And I understand that, because I feel powerless. There’s too many people looking the other way for the rest of us to feel like there’s ever a chance of a change. But there can be. There will be a boiling point. Human beings will usually mistreat themselves until its too late, and I’m worried people will do the same to each other and the planet. We’re all guilty, we’re all culpable, but generally people don’t want to do anything until it’s too late.”
The worldwide anger and disillusion encapsulated on these 11 tracks wrestles with contemplations of death, god and faith in search of some semblance of hope for a world increasingly consumed by fear, anger and confusion.
“People may ask where the hope is on this new album,” Tom says. “But confronting the darker parts of life is healthy and positive. It’s a healthy thing spiritually, to let go of trying to control everything. The title of the record is actually alluding to the idea that we now live in such a godless, faithless society that it’s not <actually> a good thing, because what’s stepped in its place is consumerism and that constant want of more. There’s a part of us missing. No one looks up at the stars any more. We don’t question what makes us happy, or what true happiness is, and how we can find it.”
“If you let yourself go to the darkness, and discuss these things, you do realize how much light there is in life as well,” adds Sam. “Life is a wonderful, incredible thing. And the most beautiful thing of all about life is the wonder and the questions and the discussions.
“We spend so much time arguing about what has happened or what might happen,” the frontman finishes, “that we lose sight of the moment of <now>.”
And it is in that moment that Architects will make a statement that will echo around the world.
From the band: “We are extremely proud to announce our biggest ever headlining tour of the UK and Europe! We’re bring along our good friends in Every Time I Die, Blessthefall and Counterparts to make it one of the biggest heavy bills of the year. We’ll be doing everything we can to make sure these shows are the biggest and best Architects shows in our 10 year history. We can’t wait.”
Following the release of the hugely acclaimed, Kerrang! Award winning recent album ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’, the band have also been incredinly busy. This includes being part of Radio 1 Rocks week (along woth acts like Of Mice And Men, Marmozets and Bury Tomorrow), performing live on Zane Lowe/Radio 1, touring the US with letlive (joint headline), touring the globe from South America to far East Asia.
Some critical praise from ‘Lost Together, Lost Forever’ in UK:
“Complex and brutal album that belies metalcore’s stagnation”
The Guardian (4/5)
“Lost Forever, Lost Together’ is the sound of Architects finding and unleashing the buried treasure they’ve been searching for.” – Rock Sound (9/10)
“Architects are a true national treasure and they continually pump out some of the most engaging, challenging and outright gnarly metal around”
“Architects really are the best British metal band of their generation”
Kerrang! Live Review (5/5)
“LFLT is a an unbelievable album, and most probably the best thing Architects have ever done” – Big Cheese (9/10)
“Intense as ever, Architects have matured in sound and songcraft”
The Sun (4.5/5)
Samuel Carter – Vocals
Tom Searle – Guitar
Dan Searle – Drums
Alex Dean – Bass Guitar
Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, England. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Sam Carter, drummer Dan Searle and his twin brother, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Searle and Alex Dean on bass guitar. The band went through several name changes before they decided upon Architects. Their first name was Inharmonic, which was swiftly changed to Counting the Days. After a couple of years this was in turn changed to Architects. They have released six studio albums and one split ep with Dead Swans.
They released their debut album Nightmares in 2006 on in at the Deep End records. After the departure of the original vocalist, Matt Johnson, Carter joined the band and made his first appearance on Architects’ second album Ruin released in 2007 through United By Fate records. In 2009 the band released Hollow Crown through Century Media records. They then released their fourth album The Here And Now in 2011, which showed the band step in a more melodic “clean-cut post-hardcore” direction.Upon its release the album received critical acclaim but was panned by their fanbase. The next year Architects returned to their original style with their fifth album Daybreaker, with more politicised lyrics as opposed to the violent and comedic lyrics that can be heard throughout their older work.Their sixth album Lost Forever // Lost Together was released in 2014 through Epitaph Records.