Architects: Daybreaker (Century Media Records)
New album from Brighton emo / mathcore band Architects get the Colin McCracken review treatment.
Emo gets a tough break. Whilst the most hardcore of fans could, indeed, be criticised for excessive posturing and stretching their earlobes to the size of beer can holders, the music itself often has a lot more to offer. Let us not forget that there was a time when bands as critically acclaimed and beloved as Deftones and Glassjaw were once considered Emo.
The last ten years has seen a peculiar amalgamation of fashion and music result in one of the most unique cultural movements in recent memory. If only for the fact that there has been so little else which has had even a semblance of the recognisability and unifying nature of this form of musical preference. There is no shortage of haters when it comes to this particular subculture, but have we all actually given any of the music a fair shot?
The short answer is that ”ËYou should’. The delights which bands such as Four Year Strong and A Day To Remember supply are far beyond what a great deal of the more pious and self- aggrandising hardcore acts of the day are presenting us with. There is an element of jovial self- awareness when it comes to the aforementioned artists, but one band who could never be accused of joking around is Brighton’s own ”ËArchitects’.
Now, to dispel any potential debates as to their proper classification, I am greatly aware that Architects have been classified as everything from ”ËMetalcore’ to ”ËPost-Punk’, but if you played them to the majority of people unfamiliar with the incendiary minefield of metal and punk band terminology, they would more than likely say that it sounds like ”ËEmo’. ”ËDaybreaker’ has all the archetypal Emo characteristics; loud, blistering centrepieces followed by introspective lighter sections. The themes of isolation and separation are balanced against poetic and thoughtful lyrics, delivered with power and honesty by Sam Carter. Tracks like ”ËThese Colours Don’t Run’ and ”ËEven If You Win, You’re Still A Rat’ (feat Ollie Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon) are both rousing and well crafted. The album passes by with extreme ease and is thoroughly enjoyable on many levels. The production is top class and with increased familiarity, it becomes an album with a Hell of a lot going for it.
Regardless of your preconceptions, don’t allow the haircuts to fool you; Architects are creating some beast like tracks which warrant at least one chance on your speakers. Don’t allow musical pomposity to decree what you listen to and give them a go, you may just find that you enjoy them.