- The Architects WebsiteMySpaceFacebookWatchListenLinks PUNK ROCK BAND FROM THE CENTER OF AMERICA. TOURS..SHOWS...SONGS...SWEAT...MERCH...DIRTY CLOTHES...FILTHY JOKES. On their fourth album, The Hard Way (Skeleton Crew) The Architects have hammered out another batch of songs steeped in bitter Kansas City tap water and fortified with stone cold badass. Still stubbornly free of gimmicks, costumes and celebreality bullshit, The Architects are all piss and vinegar and good tunes, delivered with guts and authenticity…just as it should be. The lyrical core of The Hard Way is drawn from the deep pools of songsmiths like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Tom Petty, while the roaring, crashing sonic inspiration comes from the likes of The Clash, AC/DC, The Replacements and The Who- purveyors of glorious fist-pumping racket one and all, and classically anti-heroic in their dedication to rock and roll as a high principal, a sacramental catharsis and an express ticket to either glory or the grave. An ethos clearly shared and embraced by The Architects boys. “We are still our father’s sons with respect to our heroes.” Says singer/songwriter and eldest brother Brandon Phillips describing the evolution of The Architects sound and the creation of The Hard Way. “The one thing that I knew I could improve on from the last album, was to give all these new songs more of a pulse. I still love writing noir-type songs about cops and robbers but the characters needed to feel more real. I needed to channel some emotion in there this time. ” Songs like the infectious “Lost in the Dark”- an up-tempo rocker dealing with the misfortune and struggle of a drug-addicted couple, and “I Carry a Gun”- a slamming, arena rocking anthem of macho pathos and tragic foreboding show a distinct Tom Petty-ish-ness with the former sounding like “American Girl” living in drug-poor squalor and the latter like a sociopathic “Refugee” getting the short end of the stick from both nature and nurture. Meanwhile, the fast, hyper-catchy bop of “Knowing is Half the Bottle” channels The Dictators in both music and spirit. Coming off 2006’s raw, violence-prone and highly-acclaimed “Revenge” and 2008’s ferocious and darkly tuneful “Vice” Brandon and his two younger brothers Zach (bass) and Adam (drums)
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