October is truly hell bent on correcting the course of a disastrous 2020 at break neck speed and this week, The Month That Could has delivered again, with a brand new track from Brighton’s best, Architects, falling into our laps out of nowhere.
‘Animals’ was surprise released on Tuesday eve Australian time and appears to have been on repeat ever since, copping a well deserved flogging on headphones, speakers and airwaves. It’s no surprise given that this is the first dose of new material from the group since 2018’s chest-burster of an album, Holy Hell.
Then, in a one-two combo that would rock McGregor, the band followed up the surprise single drop with word of a brand new album on the horizon titled For Those That Wish to Exist, set for release on Friday, 26th February 2021.
The album will feature guest vocals from Parkway Drive’s Winston McCall, Mike Kerr from Royal Blood and Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro, suggesting an incredibly eclectic release.
“This album was me looking at our inability to change to a way of life that would sustain the human race and save the planet,” songwriter Dan Searle states. “I wanted to look in the mirror and ask ourselves the question of what are we going to do, as opposed to trying to point the finger at politicians. Change has to start on a personal level. The world has developed a culture of wanting someone else to deal with it, when we need to take our own responsibility. It has to start there.”
‘Animals’ presents Architects as frustrated, but socially conscious nonetheless, as Sam Carter leads us through an extended metaphor addressing the palpable feeling of dismay at the failings of modern society, “We’re just a bunch of fucking animals,” the chorus booms.
The fourteen other gems contained within the forthcoming album will continue in a similar socially conscious tone, existing within the parameters of hope and hopelessness.
Considering all the band have been through since the heartbreaking passing of founding member Tom Searle in 2016, the sheer victory of ‘Animals’ and indeed …Exist resonates through to even the most casual of fan.