Architects, the Brighton based outfit return with their eighth album, ‘Holy Hell’ on November 9th. The band has simultaneously debuted the song and video ‘Hereafter’, which was directed by Jeb Hardwick.
Watch the new ‘Hereafter’ video HERE.
‘Holy Hell’ marks the band’s first release since the untimely passing of Tom Searle, Architect’s founding guitarist, principle songwriter and twin brother to drummer, Dan. “In those first months after Tom’s death, I didn’t deal with it at all and I felt so unhappy and anxious,” Dan explains. “I’d ignored it and just tried to cope. But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it.”
“It’s at times like that you ask yourself, ‘What is left?’” adds vocalist Sam Carter. “As a group of friends, we had to find something.”
“Ultimately, there were two choices,” Dan says. “Feel sorry for yourself and believe the world to be a horrible place and let it defeat you. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences.”
In a bid to find a courageous way forward, Architects spent six months recording new material. From last Autumn to Spring 2018, the band worked hard at what would become the 11-song album, with Dan and guitar player, Josh Middleton handling the overall production. “For me, broadly speaking Holy Hell is about pain: the way we process it, cope with it, and live with it,” Dan offers. “There is value in pain. It’s where we learn, it’s where we grow.”
Announcing their biggest-ever European/UK tour, Architects are set to play several arenas in January and February 2019 (many of which include the largest venues they’ve played in so far), including O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, Wembley SSE Arena in London, Lotto Arena in Antwerp, and Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle in Dusseldorf. Before commencing on this epic tour, the band will be heading to Russia and Ukraine for three shows in December this year.
Complete Architects Tour Dates and where to find tickets:
6 Jan 2019 – Stockholm, Fryshuset Arenan (SE) – TICKETS
8 Jan 2019 – Copenhagen, Vega (DK) – TICKETS
10 Jan 2019 – Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle (DE) – TICKETS
11 Jan 2019 – Antwerp, Lotto Arena (BE) – TICKETS
12 Jan 2019 – Amsterdam, AFAS Live (NL) – TICKETS
18 Jan 2019 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (UK) – TICKETS
19 Jan 2019 – London, The SSE Arena Wembley (UK) – TICKETS
21 Jan 2019 – Luxembourg, Luxexpo (LUX) – TICKETS
22 Jan 2019 – Lyon, Transbordeur (FR) – TICKETS
24 Jan 2019 – Barcelona, Razzmatazz (ES) – TICKETS
25 Jan 2019 – Bilbao, Santana 27 (ES) – TICKETS
27 Jan 2019 – Paris, Olympia (FR) – TICKETS
28 Jan 2019 – Zurich, Halle 622 (CH) – TICKETS
29 Jan 2019 – Vienna, Gasometer (AT) – TICKETS
30 Jan 2019 – Milan, Alcatraz (IT) Italy – TICKETS
31 Jan 2019 – Prague, Forum Karlin (CZ) – TICKETS
1 Feb 2019 – Warsaw, Stodola (PO) – TICKETS
2 Feb 2019 – Leipzig, Haus Auensee (DE) – TICKETS
3 Feb 2019 – Offenbach, Stadthalle (DE) – TICKETS
5 Feb 2019 – Berlin, Verti Music Hall (DE) – TICKETS
6 Feb 2019 – Munich, Zenith (DE) – TICKETS
8 Feb 2019 – Hamburg, Sporthalle (DE) – TICKETS
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 14 at 9:00am UK / 10:00am CET.
Album pre-orders, including physical bundles featuring vinyl and various merchandise, as well as digital pre-orders offering instant downloads of “Hereafter” are available HERE.
Holy Hell track list: Death Is Not Defeat