With inspirations from traveling with her band since 2013, Simone entwines rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Her passion for performing, sensual yet direct approach and undeniable voice, resonated with Pittsburgh and made her a fan favorite across the city. She has received nominations in the âBest Female RnBâ and âBest Neo-Soul Artistâ categories in well-known Pittsburgh award shows. After years of bubbling in the city's music scene, her debut studio project, 'Layers,' is finally here. Due for a late 2016 release.
Layers, with a polysemous concept, was recorded at BLB Studios and mastered at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio with local plus national production. Layers, an EP, depicted as a collection of unconventional love songs. It offers listeners an all-encompassing edgy, melodic, passionate, yet vibrant sound. This eight track EP will leave anyone who can appreciate music yearning for more.
Catch Simone and her band as she travels in support of her latest releases in 2016!
Beginning in 2013, 412ned's forward thinking style blends classic soul, rnb, jazz, and some pop music dated back to the 1980s into a fresh modern sound that turns on both young adult and mature fans of music alike.
Much like its name Layers, a, isn't one dimensional. A catharsis or diary.
Now she's expanding her art into new realms with the release of her latest studio project, Layers.
The Radio Dept. with Special Guests Spish, Cape Cod - Presented by Opus One & WPTS Radio
The Radio Dept. is a pop group originating from MalmÃ¶, Sweden.
In the fall of 2001 Johan Duncanson and Martin Larsson (now Carlberg) decided to pull some people together and start a band. Johan had just recorded a bunch of songs that impressed Martin and having made sporadic home recordings together every once in a while since the winter of 1998/1999 they now wanted to make it more serious and to be able to rehearse and perform live. Out of sheer laziness the group's name was taken from a band that Johan had been a member of that wasn't active anymore.
In the spring of 2002 The Radio Dept. got a great review in the Swedish music magazine Sonic that made the Stockholm based label Labrador get in touch with the band. After a few EPs, two self released ('Against the Tide' and 'Annie Laurie') on the band's own label Slottet and one ('Where Damage Isn't Already Done') by Labrador, the band's debut album 'Lesser Matters' was released in January 2003 to much critical acclaim. It was subsequently re-released in 2004 by XL Recordings/Beggars and started to reach audiences internationally. The three singles XL put out from the album all made the prestigious Single of the Week page in NME and 'Lesser Matters' was later featured on the same magazine's "Album of the decade" list.
The group enjoyed a slightly more widespread recognition after three tracks ("Pulling Our Weight," "I Don't Like It Like This" and "Keen on Boys") were included on the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette."
By early 2006, the band's second album 'Pet Grief' was released, and some touring followed. Although it never quite received as much appraise in the music press as its successor, the album gained much popularity throughout the world from an ever-growing fan base online.
The Radio Dept. has always been a very politically charged band and several singles and EPs with sharp political commentary have emerged throughout the years. "Freddie and the Trojan Horse" came out in 2008 and was aimed at the Swedish prime minister at the time, Fredrik Reinfeldt, and his right wing party Moderaterna, for posing as a workers party in order to trick workers into voting for them. Another stab at the right wing government came just days before the Swedish election in 2010 with the single "The New Improved Hypocrisy." The same year the band released its third album, "Clinging to a Scheme" which contained the singles "David," "Heaven's on Fire" and "Never Follow Suit" and was followed by a lot of international touring. To bridge the gap between albums Labrador decided to release a compilation album in 2011. It was named 'Passive Aggressive' and contained all the single A-sides to date and a selection of B-sides and rarities.
During the process of writing and recording their fourth and final album under their deal with Labrador, the band got caught up in a lengthy legal battle against their label and publisher, which in distress ultimately made the band scrap the album they were working on, only to restart later on a blank page with new ideas. After a few one off singles, "Death to Fascism" in 2014 and "This Repeated Sodomy" in 2015, it was announced in July that the band were to release their fourth album 'Running Out of Love' on October 21st 2016.
SOLD OUT - The Builders and the Butchers with Special Guest Locks & Dams
ortland-based folk rock band, The Builders and the Butchers, announce their forthcoming album, The Spark, due out May 19th. The bandâs fifth LP will be released on Badman Recordings Co, which will be their third release with the label.
Their last album was hailed by Consequence of Sound, who said, âThe Builders and the Butchers make records the way the bards used to pass on stories. Theyâre poetic and captivating, and do to songwriting what Clint Eastwood does to movies,â and this new record follows the same, narrative-driven path.
With glowing album and show reviews coming from Pitchfork and The Wall Street Journal, among others, their brand of folk-rock is best served live. Audiences can look forward to lively performances, where fourth wall is broken and the audience is able to participate in call and response sing-a-longs. Sometimes the band will hand out instruments for fans to play, and theyâll even get down off stage to perform right on the floor.
The Builders and The Butchers formed in 2005. Ryan Sollee fronts the band, sings and plays guitar, joined by Willy Kunkle (bass, guitar, vocals, percussion), Justin Baeir (drums, backup vocals, percussion) and Harvey Tumbleson (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals, percussion). The Portland-based band gained a strong following after years of playing anywhere and everywhere across the city. They quickly grew to become one of the most exciting live bands in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The band toured throughout the US and Europe from 2007-2012, playing music festivals, such as Sasquatch and Lollapalooza, and acting as support for Portugal. The Man, Heartless Bastards, Amanda Palmer and Murder By Death. To support their forthcoming release, The Spark, the band will be playing their first US and European tour in multiple years.
This new album features a wider array of sounds and shorter, hard hitting songs, while remaining a Buildersâ record at heart. The process of creating The Spark was the longest of any Buildersâ record to date. They spent the last five years writing the music and a year mixing. With several band members living out of state (Justin in Colorado, Willy in Malta, Harvey in Washington and Ryan and Ray in Portland), many parts were recorded remotely. Drums and much of the electric guitar were recorded at Revolver Studios and the rest was laid down piece-by-piece and mixed by Edgar McCrae at his home studio. Influences for the record range from Tom Waits to The White Stripes.
JJ Grey & Mofro with Special Guest The Commonheart - Presented by Opus One & 91.3 WYEP
From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro liveâand you truly, absolutely mustâthe man is fearless.
In the ever-changing landscape of modern pop, Nathan Angelo shines as a refreshing alternative, embracing the classic elements of popular music and celebrating the backbeat of American tradition. As the revival of music in the 60's and 70's brought together the heritage of the Great American songbook, the flair of jazz and heartache of the Delta blues, Angelo integrates these forms into his own music with great ease and delight. For the past decade, Angelo has captivated audiences across the country with his high-spirited live show and captured the imagination of a loyal following through prolific songwriting, independently selling over 40,000 albums along the way.
Angelo's latest full-length album A Matter of Time (Aug 2017) reflects his journey through the life-altering experiences of becoming a father and facing his daughterâs rare, life-threatening metabolic disease. His daughter received a liver transplant in Fall 2016, and Angeloâs latest release A Matter of Time wrestles with the aches of adversity and ultimately celebrates the beauty of life and the hope he has for his daughter. A Matter of Time embraces the soul, classic r&b and piano-pop of some of Angeloâs more prominent influences -- Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Elton John -- while fearlessly venturing into new sonic territory to compete with pop contemporaries like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Alongside his finest songwriting to date, Angeloâs voice resounds as an irrefutable force as he carries listeners to new places unfamiliar to the likes of modern pop music.
With an honest voice, a band of buddies, and a fancy hat; Sam Burchfield has discovered something special in his musical journey. His latest EP, Unarmored, digs a few layers deeper into a genre-crossing career that has only just begun. From folk, to funk, to southern soul â Sam and his band of 'Scoundrels' capture it all. The rowdy crew puts on a show that is electrifyingly entertaining and yet full of Burchfield's lyrical honesty and depth.
ââ¦Burchfieldâs music is soulful. That is the perfect word for it. It doesnât just describe his genre â it describes the heart of the artist himselfâ¦â
-Emily McBride - VINYL MAG
After cutting his teeth in the indie-music hub of Athens, GA, Sam planted new roots in the nationâs R&B capital of Atlanta. Sam and The Scoundrels have now made ripples in the southeast, and continue to grow a loyal fanbase with their passion for music and camaraderie for each other.
Calliope Songwriters Open Stage at Club Cafe with Featured Performer Rachel Whitcomb
No cover! Doors and sign up open at 7pm, the event starts at 8pm. All acts and performers welcome.
Club Cafe's monthly open stage has joined forces with Calliope and John Hayes (long time host of the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern's open mic night). All acts and genres are welcome to attend. The open stage will happen the first Tuesday of every month. We are excited to be working with John and Calliope and look forward to this next chapter in our long running, well revered open stage.
The Noise Presents Black Label Society with Special Guests Corrosion of Conformity and Red Fang - Presented by Opus One & PromoWest North Shore
Elliott BROOD is a three-piece Folk Rock Alt Country band based in Hamilton, Canada. Their brand of fuzzed-up roots music has always made for a captivating, and frenetic live performance. That energy has always translated onto the band's five previous critically acclaimed records. In 2013 the band won a Juno Award for their World War One inspired album "Days Into Years". Over the course of their career they have been nominated for a total of five Juno awards. In 2009 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and in 2012 the band found themselves nominated for a Genie Award for their original song "West End Sky" that was featured in the film "Grown Up Movie Star". Their style has been called everything from 'blackgrass' to 'death country,' but those descriptions don't capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Fall 2017 will see the band release their sixth full-length studio album "Ghost Gardens" via Paper Bag Records.
The title "Ghost Gardens" alludes to a phenomenon whereby the perennial gardens of houses and buildings having been abandoned or forgotten for years or even decades, continue to grow and reappear year after year, despite their original caretakers' absence.
Elliott Brood's "Ghost Gardens" began with the rediscovery of lost demo songs from a decade and a half earlier, the beginning of the bands career to be exact. The misplaced hard drive had long been forgotten in a garage, just sitting dormant in an old suitcase. The recordings were demos and rough pencil sketches of song lyrics and melody ideas. Not often in life does a band get to step back in time to rediscover their lost younger selves and get to amend or alter that existence, in an odd way this is the band rediscovering their former selves while simultaneously being years wiser both musically and lyrically.
CANCELED - Badfish: a Tribute to Sublime HEAD HIGH TOUR
The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublimeâs music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublimeâs essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.
(Early Show) Nick Barilla with Special Guest Matthew Maraist
While social media numbers and blue verification check marks might define success for some; the pursuit of happiness and inspiring otherâs to do what they love describe Nick Barillaâs blueprint for success in a constantly changing music industry. Since turning his passion for music into a career in 2016, his soulful-pop sounds and honest lyric writing have been positively influencing audiences all over the country. He has shared the stage with a list of artists that include: Aaron Carter, Howie Day, American Idol winners Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze, as well as Elliot Yamin and Kina Grannis and more! In addition, his original music has received commercial song placement on AT&T Sports Network in consecutive years for the Pittsburgh Pirates; as well as other radio stations and media outlets both locally and nationally. Never straying from his humble beginnings, his relatable stories and soulful sounds have continued to inspire people from all walks of life no matter what stage he is performing on!
(Late Show) Race to the Coffin and Opus One Comedy Presents Comedy Roulette: Shannon Norman (Album Recording)
The mission of the Trump regime has been clear from day one, the normalization of bigotry. Dangerous rhetoric has become dangerous policy that has put countless in harms way. It is the responsibility of all to be on the side of the marginalized and scapegoated and that is the goal of the aim of the Silence=Violence Tour
"No longer can we allow people to sit on the sidelines in the fight for social and economic justice. Inaction makes you complicit. If oppressed people demanding space and dignity in our society is what is making you uncomfortable, perhaps it is because you are a bigot or fascist? We must spread empathy, not apathy. Our aim is to do that at every show we play across the US.
Our society can maintain a status quo of violence and hatred, go back to masking that same hatred and violence in neoliberal wrapping paper, or forge a new society that is inclusive, egalitarian and just for all. It is our optimistic view, even in these dark times, that the latter is within reach.
Each band on this tour is predicated upon an ethic of caring about more than just themselves. To carve out a few hours in a day, in each city, where we can be comfortable in our own skin... free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, bigotry of any kind... this is not an opportunity that any of us tread upon lightly. We're excited to throw these small celebrations of unity in hopes that it can leave all that attend with a sense of community and organization that will help fuel our collective ability to create positive change and leave things better than we found them.
It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with anotherâs story.
With Griffin Houseâs upcoming album, So On And So Forth, it is clear the artist digs deep and offers up his narrative after much reflection. House is now a young family man and artist who is choosing sobriety and celebrating the path to his success, through songs which share his perspective on how people remember the past with rose-colored glasses, how we grow up and realize what we deeply need, and how we must find happiness in ourselves in the present.
âThe record has a lot to do with recognizing the ego in oneâs self and letting it die. It can feel like your whole identity is being wiped away, and you donât even know who you are anymore. For the person singing these songs, holding on to oneâs own individuality in order to remain special or important in the world has started to became far less important than being content with being a good, decent, and loving person. But old habits die hard,â adds House.
The project was tracked last summer at Lakehouse Recording Studios, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Houseâs ties to Asbury Park go all the back to 2004, when he was invited to tour with Patti Scialfa. His first show in the boardwalk town was opening a show for Scialfa at the Paramount Theatre. It was there that Griffin met her husband, Bruce Springsteen, and all the wonderful characters in their crew and band. Those memories and experiences made returning to Asbury Park over a decade later to record So On And So Forth feel like a full circle moment in his career.
House recorded the essentially live project with no click track and very little overdubbing. Lakehouse owner, Jon Leidersdorff, helped assemble the band. Prior to walking into the studio, House had never met the musicians and had no idea how the songs would turn out. He adds, âThe experience ended up being one of the most fun and positive of my career. The process was stress-free and freeing.â The resulting album reflects this journey -- a leap of faith with triumphant results.
Recording and performing for over a decade, House has toured with Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries. He received early critical acclaim on the CBS Sunday Morning, and his songs have since been featured in countless films and television shows such as One Tree Hill, Army Wives, and Brothers and Sisters. He has also appeared on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Most recently, CNN Newsroom invited House to perform âParis Calling,â from So On and So Forth, live on the air, and the song has been picked up by radio prior to being serviced. House has released ten albums and continues to headline his own national tours. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jane and their two daughters.
(Late Show) Smokin' Betties Present: A Sweetheart Soiree with Guests Ace Phoenix, Amoxie Villain, Butterfly, Costa Lottabucks, and Hosted by Lilith Deville
You canât fake something like Nothing More. Since the bandâs inception, they have cultivated a rapturous fanbase the old-fashioned way: By releasing groundbreaking music, tirelessly touring and cultivating a relationship with their fans that transcends trends. Correspondingly, the bandâs latest full-length The Stories We Tell Ourselves sees frontman Jonny Hawkins once again bearing the soul of Nothing More as his bandmates Mark Vollelunga (guitar), Daniel Oliver (bass) and Ben Anderson (drums) craft a sonic palette comprised of elements ranging from progressive metal to pop. Ultimately the album isn't just about the band's stories, it's also about the listener's personal narrative.
âMany times there is a disconnect between the stories we tell ourselves about reality and reality itself. That disconnect is a void where suffering and self-frustration often enter our lives.â Hawkins explains. âThe Stories We Tell Ourselves is an introspective journey from the first song to the last. Making this album helped me stay tethered to reality as I navigated through challenges in my personal life. I believe it will do the same for others. The title alone was a constant reminder to stay grounded when extreme waves of anxiety, depression, and sadness would try and sweep me into fruitless thought patterns and self-destructive, tail-chasing. For Nothing More, music has always been the source from which we find a positive way to move through challenging emotionsâ¦ this record is no exception.â Furthermore, the album will be relatable to anyone who needs to look deep inside of themselves and find the strength to carry on in the face of adversity.
The songs on The Stories We Tell Ourselves were written early last year and recorded primarily on the road and in personal studios as production duties were often handled by Hawkins and the band themselves. âWe are all very hands-on with the recording, so we decided that making this record on the road, when we were creatively thriving, would be idealâ Vollelunga says. While Hawkins previously wrote and performed most of the bandâs drum parts, this is the first album to feature Anderson who joined the band in 2015. âBen is an incredible drummer and gelled with our musical vision immediately,â Oliver explains. âHis talents also freed Jonny up to focus more on the production and melodies and I think that made this album come together in a really fluid way.â
From the relentless groove of âDonât Stopâ to the emotive, anthemic bent of the Pixies-esque âStill In Love,â The Stories We Tell Ourselves proves that confessionals have never been so catchyâand songs like âLet âem Burnâ seamlessly alternate between aggression and anthemic pop. ââJust Say Whenâ is probably the most sentimental song weâve ever written and it came at a time when I had these overwhelming feelings of frustration about a past failed relationship. I needed an outlet to get it all out,â Hawkins explains. It has been said that the polar emotion to sadness is anger. This is most certainly true as all sentimentality transforms from âJust Say Whenâ into a furious blaze during âGo To War,â which sees Hawkins showcasing his dynamic vocal range over a mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. âWhenever this band has difficult emotions, we turn them into something positive through music. That alchemy is the biggest reason we continue to do what we do,â he says of the cathartic process.
Lyrically the band was further informed by everything from the writings of Carl Jung and C.S. Lewis to the potent psychedelic DMT, the latter of which helped open Hawkins' mind to new ways of understanding himself and the world around him. ââFunny Little Creatures' is about waking up to the fact that there are these creatures that you have within yourself and that there's often a lot more going on in our subconscious than we consider.â These ideas are mirrored in the artwork which ties directly into the central themes behind The Stories We Tell Ourselves. However, while the content may be heady, the album also features more pop elements than any of the bandâs previous albums. Such is the case with the aforementioned âDonât Stopâ which sees the band writing massive hooks that stretch toward the stratosphere. âI think âDonât Stopâ is totally genre-bending for us; we find inspiration in so many different kinds of music and felt it was important to not make rules about what we could or couldnât do with this record,â says Hawkins. âThis album definitely goes to a lot of places that weâve never been before and Iâm really proud of that,â adds Vollelunga.
Then there are the band's live shows which have become legendary for the kinetic energy they share onstage. âWe come from a perspective that the live show should be a totally different type of experience than what you hear on the record and we try to show that in every performance,â says Hawkins. Itâs clear that this is a band that can't wait to share The Stories We Tell Ourselves, with their fans across the globe.
Ultimately, The Stories We Tell Ourselves proves to all of us that even if our stories donât always have a happy ending thereâs a beauty in their very existence. Even during the albumâs darkest moments â Hawkins literally sings about being stuck in a hole on âStill In Loveâ â thereâs a hopefulness that permeates each of these songs that will inevitably resonate with new listeners while making the deep bond that Nothing More has with their fans even deeper.
Jason Kendall CD Launch Party 'When At Last We Saw The Sunrise' with Special Guest Performance by Joel Lindsey
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies youâll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw youâll have to pick up off the floor.
The Lil Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. Sharing the stage with heavyweights like Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Travellinâ McCourys, Sam Bush Band, Fruition, Infamous Stringdusters, Bradford Lee Folk and The Bluegrass Playboys, and dozens of others. The Lil Smokies have become festival favorites coast to coast with highlights including Delfest (MD), Pagosa Folk Nâ Bluegrass (CO), ROMP Fest (KY), Hangtown Halloween (CA), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Roseberry Music Festival (ID), Northwest String Summit (OR), Targhee Bluegrass Festival (WY), River City Roots (MT) and more! This five-piece bluegrass ensemble features Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Jake Simpson (fiddle) and Matt Rieger (guitar).
Sugar Daddy and the Big Boned Girls Present Valentines Schmalentines... I Still Love You! A Night Of Song and Merriment For Those With A Heart
Brightonâs Architects are a band whoâve never shied away from challenging the world around them. Long lauded as some of modern metalâs 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.
âYou always want to make the record that isnât in your CD collection,â smiles humble frontman Sam Carter. âYou want to create what isnât there, to get that out of your head.â
Itâs 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 2009âs 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 band, but an 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, arrivesâ¦
October 2015, and the now five members of the band â frontman Carter, bassist Ali Dean, guitarists Adam Christianson and Tom Searle, plus the latterâs twin brother drummer, Dan â boarded a plane bound for Sweden, and a return to Gothenburgâs 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 push that doomsday buttonâ¦) and over seven grueling weeks, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us â released this May â would take shape.
âTo me, All Our Godsâ¦ is about getting to the root of the dysfunctions and disillusionment that cause all of this mess, be it personal or political or environmental,â begins Tom Searle. âIt all comes down to the delusion that we need more. Weâre all in a constant state of anxiety and jealousy and want and desire. So many of us are unhappy, and donât 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 donât 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.â
Musically, All Our Godsâ¦ is the work of a band âleaving everything we had in the studioâ, 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.
âIâm so, so happy when I meet fans at shows who are wearing Sea Shepherd t-shirts,â Sam beams. âWe are lucky enough to be able to stand onstage and have a platform to talk to people every night, and help spread other peopleâs passion and work. Weâve all been looking away for so long now. The oceans are still being poisoned, but itâs not on the front page. Why arenât people up in arms about it? Weâre killing the planet, and we should be starting now to affect change. We canât wait any longer.â
âWe go to a museum to look at nature now,â sighs Tom Searle (âAnd I play football on a fake grass pitch thatâs been built on top of real grass,â deadpans Sam). âWe look at animals with fear; the only ones weâre 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.â
âThereâs undeniable apathy,â adds Dan Searle, in acknowledgment of the rage that underpins All Our Gods.... âAnd I understand that, because I feel powerless. Thereâs too many people looking the other way for the rest of us to feel like thereâs 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 Iâm worried people will do the same to each other and the planet. Weâre all guilty, weâre all culpable, but generally people donât want to do anything until itâs too late.â
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.
âPeople may ask where the hope is on this new album,â Tom says. âBut confronting the darker parts of life is healthy and positive. Itâs 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 itâs not a good thing, because whatâs stepped in its place is consumerism and that constant want of more. Thereâs a part of us missing. No one looks up at the stars any more. We donât question what makes us happy, or what true happiness is, and how we can find it.â
âIf you let yourself go to the darkness, and discuss these things, you do realize how much light there is in life as well,â adds Sam. âLife is a wonderful, incredible thing. And the most beautiful thing of all about life is the wonder and the questions and the discussions.
âWe spend so much time arguing about what has happened or what might happen,â the frontman finishes, âthat we lose sight of the moment of .â
And it is in that moment that Architects will make a statement that will echo around the world.