Architects (UK) are truly a captivating band live, and I think there's quite a lot of people here in America that don't quite realize that. I was honored to finally sit down with vocalist Sam Carter, as they literally rushed in from Download Festival Main Stage. They are definitely are something to see, and one of the must sees on the tour if you like heavy music.
How are you man?
Sam Carter: Good man, we just got in here a few hours ago, we're feeling free.
I understand you played Download main stage yesterday?
Sam Carter: Yeah, we played Download yesterday about 2 o' clock in the afternoon, and we haven't stopped traveling since then.
I guess it's a huge contrast, playing to thousands of people over at Download, and then a couple hundred here at Warped Tour every day. Is it a little awkward at first?
Sam Carter: I think to us, America has always been seen as a whole new territory. We're stoked if 100 people are there to watch us, we're not expecting massive crowds to come and see us here, but for the crowds that do show up, we want to put on a good show for them.
I think your band is continually growing though in the U.S., you've toured with Bring Me The Horizon a few years back, and then you recently just here with Enter Shikari maybe 6 weeks ago. Have you noticed a growth with your fan base here between those two tours?
Sam Carter: Yeah, to be quite honest, we were about ready to give up on America.
Yeah, I know that Your Demise kind of called it quits and cancelled dates over here...
Sam Carter: Yeah, we were getting fed up with losing money, and it's not a cheap thing to do. But we did the tour with Enter Shikari and we were thinking "Alright, we now have a base to go from now", and we were playing smaller venues and we were seeing responses, so we decided to keep it up.
Is that why we're not seeing bands like Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco play here?
Sam Carter: Well, maybe, I don't really know. Well, we're certainly smaller than they are in the U.K. now, we were doing what we could to get over here in the States and tour. So I think it's really up to the bands to decide. If you don't tour in America, you get money I guess, but if you want to tour the world, you lose a bit of money. But we're more than happy to not have any money and continue touring.
In your experience, what are the similarities between the American crowds and the British crowds?
Sam Carter: It's hard to say, really. The U.K. crowd knows us a bit more than the American crowd, I'd say the American crowd is a bit more mosh heavy. Both are good though.
Let's talk about your current album, Daybreaker. What's your favorite song off the record personally, and what was the hardest song to write lyrically?
Sam Carter: My favorite off the record would be "These Colours Don't Run". "Devil's Island" was one of the hardest songs to write because it's so prominent about where we're from and the London riots that were going on at the time, and it was something that we'd like to get across in a nice way, and we were really happy about it.
You have Jon Green from Deez Nuts, Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, and Drew York from Stray From The Path as guest vocalists on the record. Why did you invite these three specifically?
Sam Carter: Jon Green because he has one of the most evil voices, to say he does backing vocals in Deez Nuts...he sounds like Satan; we wanted him on the record because he's a legend as well, and we love him. Oli because I sang on their record, and it was long overdue for him to be on ours, and Drew because he's one of my favorite vocalists at the moment, and one of my best friends as well - as far as vocalists go, he's definitely got it.
Let's talk about the new song, "Black Blood". Can you give us a background on that song?
Sam Carter: It's a song we recorded for the re-release of Daybreaker, the backstory is all about the oil industry and how short term profit is the only thing these people think about, instead of the longevity of what we really could do and how we could stabilize what's really going on in the world right now. But yeah, it just talks about how everyone uses oil every day and you can't help but use it, and it's destroying the planet.
You recently raised funds for a new documentary film, titled 100 Days. You raised the money through an Indie Go Go campaign. What are your thoughts on being able to have the support needed to put out the film?
Sam Carter: We were really really stoked to be able to raise the funds for the film, because it's not like we had the money to do it ourselves. So if we didn't raise the money for it, it wasn't going to happen. And secondly, it was really moving to realize we were still a relevant band and people cared enough about us as a band to put their hard earned cash into this. It was one of the biggest moments I've had in this band, it really wow'ed us.
What can fans expect to see when they watch this film?
Sam Carter: You can expect to see a real and honest portrayal of what it's like to be in a band, and not a big band - we had shit shows, and we weren't afraid to show that. We also made sure to highlight the good shows as well, and really just a journey of us traveling to these incredible places and having a real honest opinion on it.
Would you say it's similar to Parkway Drive's recent DVD?
Sam Carter: Yeah, it's scaled down a little bit. They're a bigger band than us, they're able to sell out these crazy venues. But it was more for us to show what it was like to be in a smaller-ish band.
If you could bring two bands from your area of the world, who would they be and why?
Sam Carter: I would bring Landscapes, they're a hardcore band from the U.K., they're absolutely incredible - they have a record out that I love, you should check it out, it's called Life's Gone Wrong. Also, i'd bring Deaf Havana as well, they're a great band.
What have you been listening to lately?
Sam Carter: Lately, I've been listening to that new Daft Punk record, just because it's fucking incredible, new Queens of the Stone Age, and a band called Immanu El, they're a beautiful band. Oh, and that new Northlane album is so fucking heavy, it's brilliant.
What are your plans for the fall and into next year?
Sam Carter: We're recording our new album in September, and then I think there's plans to come back to America, and then there's plans to come to Australia before the end of the year as well. We're going to head to the U.K. as well soon, we haven't toured there in awhile.