Architects’ Sam Carter: “There’s A Lot Of Gatekeeping Around Artistic Freedom”

During a recent fan Q&A with Metal Hammer, Architects’ Sam Carter opened up about gatekeeping within the metal scene. The vocalist says there tends to be “a lot of gatekeeping around artistic freedom.”

Carter said the following when asked if he agrees with recent comments Willow Smith made about rock/metal music being gatekept by “older white men”:

“Yes. For years I wanted to wear a little bit of make-up, express myself and put on a show. But I didn’t do it for ages because I was like, ‘People are gonna take the piss out of me and I don’t want that.’ And then they did. Not only were people horrible, they were using homophobic slurs as an insult.

I felt like this scene when I was growing up and when I was in school was such an inclusive scene for the outcasts. How did it become this world where it’s like, ‘You can’t do that if you’re a woman… You can’t do that if you’re gay’. Like, what the fuck? There’s a lot of gatekeeping around artistic freedom.”

Architects Premiere “A New Moral Low Ground” Music Video

Architects have premiered a new video for their new song “A New Moral Low Ground.” This track is from the band’s new album “The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit,” which will be released on October 21.

Architects Cancel North American Tour

Architects have cancelled their North American tour with We Came As Romans and Like Moths To Flames. The trek was unable to move forward due to “logistical issues.”

Architects commented:

“It pains us to announce that despite the best efforts of everyone in our band, our crew and the rest of the team, a number of logistical issues have forced us to cancel our upcoming North America tour. We had been looking forward to playing so many new songs for you, but everything from transportation to visa approval timelines and other hurdles have made the trip impossible at this stage. We recognize the last few years have been a challenging time for everyone and we were really excited to perform for you and share moments together that only live music can facilitate. We will announce new plans to return as soon as we we can. The last thing we want to do is announce new dates that we will be unable to uphold.

Thank you for your understanding. We will be back.

In the meantime, refunds for tickets & VIP will be made automatically to the method of payment used to purchase.”

Architects Announce New Album “The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit”, Premiere “Tear Gas” Video

Architects will be releasing a new album, titled “The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit,” on October 21. You can find a video for the effort’s first single, “Tear Gas,” below. Vocalist Sam Carter commented:

“This one feels more live, more exciting and more fun – it has that energy. We wanted it to be a lot more industrial and electronic.”

“The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit” Track Listing:

01. “deep fake”
02. “tear gas”
03. “spit the bone”
04. “burn down my house”
05. “living is killing us”
06. “when we were young”
07. “doomscrolling”
08. “born again pessimist”
09. “a new moral low ground”
10. “all the love in the world”
11. “be very afraid”

Biffy Clyro & Architects Announce UK/Ireland Tour

Biffy Clyro and Architects have announced a UK/Ireland tour. Here’s the dates:

11/05 Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
11/06 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
11/08 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
11/09 Belfast, IRE- SSE Arena
11/11 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
11/12 London, UK – O2 Arena
11/14 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
11/15 Bournemouth, UK – International Centre

We Came As Romans & Like Moths To Flames Added To Architects’ Upcoming North American Tour

We Came As Romans and Like Moths To Flames have been added to Architects’ upcoming North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

09/06 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (no We Came As Romans)
09/08 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave (no We Came As Romans)
09/09 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
09/10 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
09/12 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
09/13 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre & Ballroom
09/15 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
09/16 Toronto, ON – Rebel
09/17 Montreal, QC – MTelus
09/20 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
09/21 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09/22 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
09/23 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
09/25 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life (Architects only)
09/26 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa (no We Came As Romans)
09/27 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/30 Atlanta, GA – Heaven, The Masquerade
10/01 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
10/03 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/04 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
10/06 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo By Microsoft
10/09 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock (Architects only)

Architects Premiere “When We Were Young” Music Video

Architects have premiered a new video for their new song “When We Were Young.” Drummer Dan Searle commented:

“‘When We Were Young‘ is a song that recognises what is gained and what is lost as we get older. As the world unfolds around us we can become overwhelmed by its endless complexity. When I was 20 I thought I had the whole thing sussed, today I’m pretty sure I’ll never understand reality. We lose our innocence as we age, and although fatalism and cynicism can creep in, we also begin to shift our focus toward gratitude for existence and for those that we love.”

Architects’ Sam Carter To Release New Children’s Book

Architects frontman Sam Carter and his fiancé Abby Kirk have announced a new children’s book titled “Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted.” Fans will be able to purchase the book HERE tomorrow (April 15) at 9:00am GMT.

Carter commented:

“I’m so extremely excited to announce that myself and my fiancé have written a children’s book starring none other than @sophiafoxdog this is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m so stoked that we’re doing it!

“Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted” was written by Sam Carter and Abby Kirk when Abby was working in a school with many children who had been in foster care or through the adoption process. They realised that their stories were largely not represented in childrens books and wanted to write a book for the class to show that their stories were important too.

The story also aims to teach children to think about what rescue dogs may have gone through in the past before finding their adoptive families. This is a cause close to our hearts and large portion of the proceeds will go to @wunderdogrescue_ and @romanian.rescue.appeal to help more dogs like Sophia find their forever families.

You can also get your hands on a Sophia Plushie and a signed card from Myself & Abby and a Pawprint from the star herself Sophia

This has been in the works for a long time and I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you! Thank you @mddnco for believing in us and this book and thank you @chexnerxvic for doing such an incredible job on the illustration ❤️

Sophia Fox Dog Gets Adopted is out
Friday 9am GMT from ❤️”