Kansas City is known for its music. More precisely it’s known for jazz. But now comes The Architects, a hard rocking band with something to prove. And after a summer slogging through the heat on the Vans Warped Tour, the band is gearing up for a new trek across the US to promote their new record, Bastards At The Gates.
There is much to like about The Architects, comprised of the Phillips brothers- Brandon, Zach, and Adam, along with their longtime friend Kennan. Their music is a nod to the past with a good eye for the future.
“Bastards at the Gate,” the title track to their new record, showcases Brandon Phillips' expressive vocals, sailing over muscular riffs that blows through the mix without overwhelming it. The top production is credited to Aaron Conner, another Kansas City native with credits that range from 2Pac to Cher(!?). Another top song off their new record, and one that promises to smoke it live, is “Daddy Wore Black”, a post-punk pastiche of '70s hard rock and vintage alternative. With an immediately catchy sing-along chorus, simple driving riffs, and a tinge of Celtic attitude, “Daddy” is a barn burner in the making.
This is the perfect antidote to the current crop of pop punksters and over-reaching hard rock bands, so overproduced as to sound indistinguishable from one another. The Architects are currently working through the Green 17 tour along with, in an inspired billing, Flogging Molly and Frank Turner.
Feb 22 Norva Norfolk, VA
Feb 23 Ram's Head Live! Baltimore, MD
Feb 24 Asbury Lanes w/ Frank Turner, Dave Hause Asbury Park, NJ
Feb 25 The Webster Hartford, CT
Feb 26 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Feb 27 House Of Blues Boston, MA
Feb 28 Main Street Armory Rochester, NY
Mar 02 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Mar 04 LC Pavilion Columbus, OH
Mar 05 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
Mar 06 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
Mar 08 Egyptian Indianapolis, IN
Mar 09 Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
Mar 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
Mar 12 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Mar 13 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
Mar 14 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO
Mar 15 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK