Thursday December 15, 2011
Review by Frances Roach
Photography by Danielle Booth
Support from: Deaf Havana, Tek-One, Heights
A near full capacity Academy 2 sees Brighton metalcore five-piece Architects storm their way through a blistering set of songs old and new, with audience following suit. Starting with new single ‘Devil’s Island’ off their anticipated upcoming release, and continuing through with a pleasant mix of songs from previous albums such as ‘Learn To Live’, ‘Dethroned’ and ‘Delete, Rewind’, the centre of the crowd is at their fullest energy- pits erupting and the majority of the crowd in full participation throughout.
The highlight section of the set is when the band slow it down (slightly) before playing ‘An Open Letter To Myself’ and crowd favourite and best song of the night in terms of reception, ‘Heartburn’, where frontman Sam Carter asks for as many people as possible to get on their friends’ shoulders, reminiscent to the atmosphere seen at the typical summer festivals. This is successfully achieved, as a relatively good proportion of the crowd is elevated during the performance, passionately singing the words back to the band on stage.
Following up with ‘Day In, Day Out’, the first track off of their last release, The Here And Now, they leave the the stage with the attentive audience practically screaming for an encore. Returning with two final songs ‘Hollow Crown’, taken from the album of the same name and finally ‘Follow The Water’, it is evident that Architects have staying power. Fans seems extremely pleased, with clothing intact albeit covered in their own sweat (and most likely others).
A very energetic and exciting performance all round.