Architects @ Manchester Academy
Anger portrayed in the most beautiful way as the band mourn Tom Searle
Words: Jay Kirk | Photos: Cai Dixon
As some of the most inspiring, and influential people in the scene currently, Architects have a lot to live up to as they came into their UK tour. It seems as though this band have the world against them, and yet nothing will stop them both producing and performing some of the best music in our current day. Tonight was obviously difficult for both fans and the band, as the recent passing of guitarist and lyricist, Tom Searle hung over Manchester’s Academy 1 as the Sam Carter and company burst into their set.
Intent on making a lasting impression, Stick to your Guns opened with a supporting performance worthy of headlining the 3000 capacity venue, with a huge crowd there to hold testament to this. The energy and anger these guys pour out on stage is like no other could achieve in a mere 30 minute support slot. Bury Tomorrow, who were next to the stage, therefore had a task and a half to live up the crowds energy and anticipation, and it’s fair to say they bloody smashed it too, with a tight and energetic set that, for a short while at least, lifted that sombre veil from the place.
Almost as if the anticipation wasn’t enough, a curtain was raised, concealing the stage with All our Gods Have Abandoned Us printed across, the name of Architects latest album. A true masterpiece that exceeds any other written by the band, both lyrically and musically. With the curtain dropping to the sounds of Nihilist, with it, everyone's sanity seemed to vanish. From the go, Sam Carter’s ear piercing screams and the brutally heavy riffs took over, anger portrayed in the most beautiful way.
Throughout the set, the fans showed incredible support for the band, with one fan holding up a sign showing his condolences for Tom’s recent passing, it was acknowledged early on by lead vocalist, Sam, that this night truly was special and not to be taken for granted. With old songs, and new to appeal to a wide audience the set was perfectly constructed to invoke chaos in the form of huge pits, draw tears to eyes as torches were held up during, Follow The Water, and straight up bring everyone to dead silence as the encore came, and with it Gone With The Wind
The latter was received brilliantly along with the rest of All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, but it wasn’t until Searle’s passing that the true meaning was understood. Lyrics, 'A sickness with no remedy, except the ones inside of me,' a clear link to Tom’s heart-wrenching battle with cancer. As Sam stepped up, everyone knew what was to come, he spoke of the pain felt when Tom passed, and the pain they still endure, playing daily without what he called "the soul of the band."
The crowd screamed every single word back to them to end a night which meant so much to the band and fans alike, a night to remember Tom.