MEB Interviewer Patrick Walford was lucky enough to spend a few quality moments with Architects front-man Sam Carter. During the interview they discussed the bands popularity in the UK vs US, the rising radio play and Sam’s true feelings on country-kin Asking Alexandria.
Mind Equals Blown: Sam, Architects posted the album on the 17th on Myspace and It’s been great reaction so far. You are currently on tour in Europe with Bring Me The Horizon. What has the reaction at shows been like on your current tour?
Sam Carter: The reaction has been cool so far. Kids are real into it. It is definitely a great time to be in Architects right now. We are just having as much fun as possible and touring as much as we can.
How would you compare the popularity Architects has as a band in the UK to over here in North America? In the US/Canada you guys are now a mid-level band who can be direct support for some of the bigger bands. Are you guys getting radioplay on some of the heavier radio station in the UK?
Back home is really different. We definitely do a lot better here. It’s the best place for us. Right now we are getting daytime radio play on BBC Radio 1, which is the biggest radio station in the country. Our shows are big and it’s a great place for us. At the same time, Canada is really awesome. That last Holly Springs Disaster tour we did was great for us. Every show in Canada has always been amazing. UK is totally different though. Both are amazing in different ways.
We definitely do a lot better [in the UK].
That’s crazy. Radio stations here are a lot different and the fact of the matter is Architects would probably never get radio play over here. The Metalcore/Hardcore genre would never get paid due to the genres. It’s interesting to see that bands like you guys, Bring Me The Horizon, and Enter Shikari.
Ya, it’s a great station (BBC Radio 1). They are always plugging new bands and working really hard to do good shows and being a awesome radio station. It’s cool they do that because by younger bands then get the chance to play infront of a bigger audience. It can really make or break a band.
How weird is it to hear Architects on the radio?
It’s fucking weird man. I’ll never get used to it. It’s an amazing feeling when you hear it. It’s early in the morning and we are getting played.
Talking about The Here and Now, you decided to record in LA with Steve Evetts (Everytime I Die, Dillinger Escape Plan, Snapcase). What was it like for the band to come over here and work with such a renowned producer?
It was really cool. We were all massive fans of his work and his production. It was definitely crazy to go and record where some of your favourite bands have. Steve just has an ear for this kind of music. We were lucky enough to be able to do a record with him and it sounds great. It was incredible. We have been listening to records he has produced growing up.
The record is a shift in Architects sound. The band has even said themselves that this is “New Architects.” You are putting it away from anything you have previously done. Upon my first few listens I’m getting a vibe of a sound from bands like Every Time I Die, hardcore bands like Comeback Kid with some of the riffage , and Alexisonfire all mixed into one. Tons of fans have been wondering, what was the decision to move towards a new sound?
I think for every record every band does should be different. For us it’s something that is really important. To keep it fun and keep it fresh. Do something new. Writing the same record over and over would be so boring and dull. Like writing off one trick. We wanted to write something different. We didn’t do in any other way. We still did everything the same as every other record.
This time it felt right with what we were doing.
This time it felt right with what we were doing. With mixing it up. We’ve come away with a record that we were really happy with and that will be fun for us to play for the next few years. We wrote Hollow Crown when we were younger and I feel like we’ve done a lot of growing up in the last few years. The style of music we listened to has also changed. It was important to put those influences into the songs.
Talking about two very different and much slower songs on the record people weren’t expecting, “An Open Letter To Myself” and “Heartburn.” Was there a bit of a fear there was going to be some backlash from fans?
I think it was more excitement. Wanting for people to hear that side of us. We were never really phased by anything like that. We knew there would be people that didn’t like it. At the end of the day, we wrote the record for ourselves. Both those songs are important to us. Especially Heartburn. We can’t wait to start playing it live and showing it to everyone.
You had two guest spots on The Here And Now; Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid on “Stay Young Forever” and Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan on “Year In Year Out/Up and Away.” How did this come about?
We have known Andrew for a long time. We have toured with Comeback Kid a few times along with Sights and Sounds as well. He approached me when we were touring in Austrailia and asked me if i wanted to sing on their album.I said I was 100% down as long as he sang on ours. It was a cool thing to do since we’ve been friends for a while. I think it also cemented the fact that our bands are friends.
With Greg, he was friends with Steve so he would always come to the studio to hang out. He liked what he was hearing and actually asked Steve if he could sing on the record. We were all amazed by that. Dillinger Escape Plan is one of our biggest influences. He came down and we sang together. It worked out really well. We were lucky to have had him on it.
As far as touring here, UK Bands seem to struggle when intially touring North America. What are the type of things a band has to go through before they can even think of touring in North America? Basically “starting all over again.” Having to go from being a headlining or direct support band to huge bands over in the UK to having to take spot 1 or 2 of 5 bands on tours. How big of a adjustment was it for Architects?
It can be fun. You are right when you say it is like “starting all over again.” It’s awesome because you can represent yourself as who you are at that point in time. Push yourselves at your peak. It’s difficult but at the same time it is fun. Getting in a van and driving around with your friends.
I gotta ask. Asking Alexandria is originally from the UK. They took a different route when starting out. They did the exact opposite of any band that has had the chance to come over and tour in the past. They decided to come over to the US to start the band, and then work backwards and eventually tour back home. How do you feel about that? Should bands be starting in their home countries to build a buzz or do you think it was a smart move for the band?
To be honest, I think most kids in the UK are pretty cleared up. That band realized they were fucking awful and moved to America because they knew they would like it. I think that band is literally one of the worst things that has happened to music right now. If they wanna go and start a career in America, then go do it. Just as long as they are as far away from me as possible. That’s all I care about.
I think [Asking Alexandria] is literally one of the worst things that has happened to music right now.
I don’t know why you’d move away from the best country in the world and move to the states. Fuck that band. They are the English version of that band Abandon All Ships from Canada. Terrible.
Touring Plans in North America for 2011. Anything set?
We are sorting it out right now.We will be over in Canada in May with Dead and Divine. We are stoked!
Thanks for the interview Sam. Lastly if you could pick a Architects song for listeners to check out and a song you want them to hear by any other band, go for it.
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