Architects (American band)

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The Architects
Origin Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Genres Rock
Years active 2004 – present
Labels Anodyne Records, Skeleton Crew Records
Website Architects Website
Members Brandon Phillips
Adam Phillips
Zach Phillips

The Architects are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. They are a reincarnation of the punk and ska band The Gadjits.


The Gadjits[edit]

The three Phillips brothers had previously composed a successful ska and rock band called The Gadjits. In June 2004 The Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed. Brandon announced the news on the Gadjits e-mail list as follows:

The full story goes like this. Keyboard man Ehren Starks left The Gadjits to embark on a life of academia and normal behavior ... he called me the first Monday night after we got home from a tour with the Stereo. We went to Chili's and he dropped the bomb there over an "awesome blossom". That same night i called everyone else over and told them what was up. There was an awful silence which was finally broken when i asked if anyone else felt like hanging it up, given the new bit of bad news. None of us wanted to leave the game ... even with this new bruise upon us. So we began the awful task of rehearsals without a fifth member and we stayed that course until one evening when the great Adrianne Verhoven sat down behind the decks and made the thing whole again. Her band, the Anniversary had called it quits after a long haul as one of Lawrence, KS. best loved exports to the world. The new five-piece band was not just a return to a sense of completeness, but an opportunity to begin anew from somewhere between our pasts and our future. We christened this new band Architects.

Band Members[edit]

  • Brandon Phillips - Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar (2004–present)
  • Adam Phillips (drummer) - Drums (2004–present)
  • Zach Phillips - Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals (2004–present)
  • Keenan Nichols - Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals (2007-2014)[1]
  • Adrianne Verhoven - Keyboards (2004,2009-2010)


Architects' sound is a combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies, influenced by The Clash, The Who, Social Distortion, Green Day, Soul Asylum, The Replacements, AC/DC, The Jam and The Kinks.


  • Keys to the Building (October 2004, Anodyne Records)
  • Revenge (March 2006, Anodyne Records)
  • "Promises" included on the compilation First Blood on OxBlood Records (2007)
  • Vice (May 2008, Anodyne Records)
  • The Hard Way (June 2009, Skeleton Crew Records)
  • Live in Los Angeles (October 2012, Skeleton Crew Records)
  • Border Wars Ep 1 (April 25, 2014[2])
  • Border Wars Ep 2 (September 9,[3] 2013)



  1. ^ Nichols, Keenan. "I am no longer an Architect; just Keenan...". Instagram. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Border Wars (Episode I)- EP". iTunes. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Border Wars (Episode II)- EP". iTunes. 

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