Architects (American band)

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The Architects
OriginKansas City, Missouri, United States
GenresRock
Years active2004 – present
LabelsAnodyne, Skeleton Crew
Websitethearchitectsrock.com
Members
  • Brandon Phillips
  • Adam Phillips
  • Zach Phillips
Past members
  • Mike Alexander
  • Keenan Nichols
  • Adrianne Verhoven

The Architects are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band was formed by previous members of the punk and ska band The Gadjits, brothers Brandon, Adam, and Zach Phillips, and Mike Alexander.

History[edit]

In June 2004 the Gadjits ceased to exist as a band and a new band, Architects, was formed.[1] The brothers added Gadjits guitarist Mike Alexander, and this lineup recorded the band's debut album, Keys to the Building, released on the Anodyne label in 2004.[2][3] Revenge followed in 2006, described by Allmusic as " a solid rock offering with enough soul and punk urgency to keep things interesting from start to finish",[4] and Vice in 2008.[2][5][6] Keenan Nichols had replaced Alexander in October 2007.[7] They subsequently signed to Frank Iero's Skeleton Crew label.[8]

In 2013 they started releasing the Border Wars graphic novel/EP series, on which they worked with illustrator Mallory Dorn.[1][9]

Musical style and influences[edit]

The Tucson Weekly described the band's music as "a dynamic, explosive combination of traditional punk, maximum R&B, Midwestern alternative rock, blues-based metal and pop melodies".[10] They were described as "dirty rock & roll tinged with Southern heart and gritty, passionate attitude" by Allmusic.[4]Their influences include AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, and Meat Loaf.[3][10]

Band Members[edit]

  • Brandon Phillips - lead vocals/rhythm guitar (2004–present)
  • Adam Phillips - drums (2004–present)
  • Zach Phillips - bass guitar/backing vocals (2004–present)
  • Mike Alexander - guitar (2004–2007)
  • Keenan Nichols - lead guitar/backing vocals (2007-2014)[11]
  • Adrianne Verhoven - keyboards (2004,2009-2010)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Keys to the Building (October 2004), Anodyne
  • Revenge (March 2006), Anodyne
  • Vice (May 2008), Anodyne
  • The Hard Way (June 2009), Skeleton Crew
  • Live in Los Angeles (October 2012), Skeleton Crew
  • Border Wars Episodes I & II (2017), Gran Cala Vera/Wolffang Funk

EPs[edit]

  • Border Wars Ep 1 (April 25, 2014)[12]
  • Border Wars Ep 2 (September 9, 2013)[13]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Promises" included on First Blood (2007), OxBlood

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Local Music Scene", The Trentonian, November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2018, via pressreader.com
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David "Architects Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  3. ^ a b Iwasaki, Scott (2008) "Rock band of brothers promotes harmony, not rivalry", Deseret News, July 11, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  4. ^ a b Apar, Corey "Revenge Review", Allmusic. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  5. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann "Vice Review", Allmusic. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  6. ^ Owen, Charlie (2008) "Music Reviews: Architects, Danielia Cotton and the Band of Heathens", Summit Daily, May 28, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  7. ^ Ladage, Aaron (2008) "The Architects are proud of their new Vice", The Pitch, April 10, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  8. ^ Harper, Jason (2008) "The Architects on How to Get Signed", The Pitch, December 9, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  9. ^ Whitt, Cassie (2013) "Exclusive: The Architects "Lucky" Song Premiere and 'Border Wars' Graphic Novel Preview", Alternative Press, July 15, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  10. ^ a b Armstrong, Gene (2006) "Brothers in Transition: The Architects hone their sound on their sophomore album", Tucson Weekly, January 12, 2006. Retrieved November 21, 2018
  11. ^ Nichols, Keenan. "I am no longer an Architect; just Keenan..." Instagram. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Border Wars (Episode I)- EP". iTunes. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Border Wars (Episode II)- EP". iTunes.

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