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Interview | Architects (UK)

September 27, 2009 –
By: Megan Washington | Filmed By: Callie Rawls
Label: Century
Video Interview: Available here

* Hollow Crown is your current full length release, and it came out in the U.S. February, 10th.
That’s the most anyone’s known so far today. Sorry, go ahead (laughs).

* So what was the process like making the album, for you?
Living together in a studio for two weeks.
Tom: It was at times boring, and at times exciting.
Tim: At times stressful, at times not eventful.
Tom: Me and Sam didn’t fall out this time.
Tim: Surprisingly. I don’t know, it was a relatively easy experience.
Tom: Writing music is always fun anyways.

* Where did you guys record it at?
Outhouse Studios in Reading England. It’s lovely there.

* Album reviews for Hollow Crown have been pretty favorable.
In America? (shakes head) Anyway, go ahead.

* What is it about this album, do you think, that has been sticking with everybody?
I think when AP gave it 2.5 out of 5, they thought, “Yeah, this album connects with me in a way that says ‘not very good.'”
Tim: It’s mixed responses over here, but the good reviews probably attribute to the quality of the material.
Tom: Yeah, I just think it’s kind of, I don’t know, I think it’s kind of fresh. I’m going to blow my own trumpet but it’s kind of fresh because there’s alot of other “metalcore” or whatever that is coming out that’s got some sort of maybe some things in there that other bands of our genre would be too afraid to include, or just “We don’t want to because people won’t like it.” I don’t know.
Tim: I feel like it’s a pretty even mix of sort of the heavy aspect of what we do, a bit more of a hardcore influence. Those things can sound a little bit cliche.
Tom: Yeah.

* After the Epitaph Tour you guys are going to be playing some Canadian shows and then head out on the Never Say Die Tour. So, what are you guys looking forward to most about that tour?
About the Never Say Die Tour?
Tom: Playing the UK.
Tim: Yeah.
Tom: Because what happens is you form a band, you tour where you live—for us the UK—over and over again until it gets really cool because you start getting fans or whatever. Then as soon as you start doing well there, you’re not allowed to go there anymore so you have to go everywhere else where no one likes you. So, I’m excited to get the chance to actually play where we have a decent fan base.
Tim: Yeah, we get to play the UK for sure. The European shows will be great and the UK shows will definitely be better for us and we’re headlining that part. We haven’t played UK shows since our last headlining tour in January. It will be nice.
Tom: And you know, we get to be in England, and there’s nothing nicer than England in October/November time. It’s beautiful.

* There have been alot of American bands that have gotten to see you guys on this tour that say that your live show is pretty much amazing. So, how important is putting on a live show, for you guys, compared to writing a solid album?
It’s pretty important. We take pride in putting on a good live show and keeping up the good energy when we’re playing, and stuff.
Tom: Most of the time. I think the problem for me is that I feel like I atleast kind of know what to do to make a decent song, but I’m still not sure what to do to put on a decent live show. I play sometimes and I’ll be like, “Is this good?” “I don’t know.” “Alright.” “Well carry on.” I try my best I suppose.
Tim: It’s difficult to think about it objectively when you’re playing…
Tom: When you do it over and over again all of the time. You know what I mean? It gets—I don’t know—I don’t want to say…
Tim: Certain things happen at certain points in the set that you don’t plan out but you sort of know it’s going to happen.
Tom: Sam will say something about..
Tim: It’s difficult to think about what other people are going to see, because there’s no way they’re actually live if you watch your own band. So it’s hard to figure out.
Tom: It is important, yes. Very important.

* If you guys could pick any one song, it could be your song, someone elses song—it doesn’t matter, that has been your guilty pleasure during this tour, what song would that be?
Guilty pleasure… I don’t know about a guilty pleasure on this tour. I’ve been listening to “Dumpweed” by Blink 182 alot.
Tom: It’s not guilty though, is it? I don’t really feel any guilt when I listen to anything. I don’t know. I feel as if I listen to something, I listen to something because I like it and there’s no shame in that. I don’t even have anything just for the sake of answering.

* What would you guys like to say to your fans?
Where are you? (laughs)
Tom: No. (laughs) I don’t know. Over here, thanks alot. Please keep on supporting us as much as you can because we need all of the encouragement that we can get because we’re a miserable bunch. You know? I don’t know.
Tim: Thanks for coming out for the ones that have.
Tom: Keeping cool, stay sick, eat your five-a-day, drink enough water…
Tim: Get enough exercise.
Tom: Dehydration is the most common cause of fatigue.