Architects drummer Dan Searle has opened up for the first time about the loss of his twin brother and bandmate, Tom Searle. In a lengthy, deeply personal conversation with Daniel P. Carter, the Architects drummer speaks about the future of the band without his brother.
The conversation is heartbreaking, and important for fans of Architects to hear. We strongly encourage you to listen to the conversation in full here or here (for non iTunes users) on the “Someone Who Isn’t Me” podcast.
In the interview, Searle reveals that the band will continue, something that had been up in the air since Tom’s passing. He also revealed that the band has three new songs that were written prior to Tom’s passing.
On Tom Searle’s lyrics in “Gone With The Wind” and the false perception that he had given up: (As transcribed by Rock Feed)
“This is the thing. This is what no-one really understands that didn’t know him is that there was so much talk of the future. Even I look back at those lyrics now and think… had Tom given up? But the thing is, with any lyric, it’s a snapshot. It’s a snapshot of a moment and Tom wrote some of those lyrics right after his cancer came back.”
On his final performances with Architects:
“We went to the hospital after those album release shows. They told him it was bad and they wanted to keep him in and he said nah, I’m going on tour tomorrow. Sorry. I don’t care. And so we played Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park. It was crazy, like, Tom had to have oxygen on the bus. My girlfriend was on tour just to look after him.”
He continued: “Rock Am Ring was the first show and it just seemed impossible that he would play. And he just meditated all day, pretty much, four or five hours. Holed up, and had his guitar on him and he walked on stage and he just stood there. But it was just like, sheer determination. And there was a massive storm. Loads of people got struck by lightning. And it was honestly one of the best shows we ever played.”
“And the last show he ever played was the next day. It was Rock Im Park and he just seemed so ill. It just seemed like there was no way he was gonna do it and then… I had been on the bus with him. I walked back to the dressing room and told the guys we’re going to have to work out a way to do this as a four piece. I had been working on trying to sort it out so we could have his guitars on tracks… so we could make the show happen. Then he just walks into the dressing room like hey guys, wassup like seemingly fine.”
On Tom’s hospitalization before the band was due to perform:
“It was like forty minutes before we were due on stage and Tom said I need to get some oxygen. I said, well, you know the doctors centers are closed… we’ll have to get you an ambulance. And he’s like cool, get me an ambulance… whatever.”
“So they came and they took his vitals and they’re like you gotta get to a hospital… this is crazy. He would’ve died if he hadn’t gone to the hospital.”
Tom Searle was honored alongside David Bowie at the 2017 Brit Awards in a moving tribute to late musicians. Fans of the band were deeply moved by the powerful gesture, as award shows traditionally leave out the metal music community from such endeavors.