hmv reviews… Architects @ London's KOKO
Architects celebrate the release of their new album Lost Forever // Lost Together with a triumphant show at London's KOKO on Friday (March 7th) and we were there to review things...
Architects. Brighton metallers.
Koko. Camden's own palace.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Absolutely rammed to the rafters. There was an air of triumph in the atmosphere for this, their final UK show on the tour. The band’s new album Lost Forever // Lost Together had a midweek placing of the top 20 with huge critical acclaim across the board, and the virtually the entire tour was a sellout. A Friday night, band and audience both super excited for the final leg of the tour, this was only ever going to be a positive experience.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
With a new album out, one that has proven their most consistent and confident yet, it was inevitably going to be a set heavy with new songs – something the audience was more than happy with. Opening with the album opener 'Gravedigger' set the tone and whipped the crowd into a massive frenzy which never really slowed down. Predecessor Daybreaker also got plenty of love, with only 2011’s mixed The Here And Now being ignored.
It wasn't necessarily the longest of sets given the band’s 10 year career path, but certainly enough to keep the fans happy.
Any good between song banter?
Lots. Frontman Sam Carter was genuinely touched by the audience’s reaction and made sure to repeatedly emphasise this…if anything to the point where he started to go over the top.
However, it’s hard to hold this against him, and it was certainly better than the football banter following a fan chanting in support of the band’s home town team Brighton (with Carter pledging allegiance to Manchester United, to the crowd’s displeasure).
Did they much on much of a show?
One heck of a show. Brilliant lighting effects throughout without being too much, and Sam Carter frequently diving into the crowd from a reasonable height. No gimmicks, no self-indulgence or overbearing backdrop, just one heck of a metal show!
What was the highlight of the set?
Hard to pick really. Rolo Tomassi vocalist Eva Spence’s guest appearance was a great moment, as was Sam finding his way onto the balcony (thankfully he didn’t jump). By ending on Daybreaker’s 'These Colours Don’t Run' the band saved the best until last, but in truth the set was brilliant from start to finish with no real standout moment, a testament to their sheer consistency.
Where can I catch them next?
They’ll be back at Reading & Leeds festival this summer.
You can preview Lost Forever // Lost Together by clicking on the icon on the right hand side of the page and browse the band’s catalogue here.