Whilst performing their set at Australia’s annual Unify Gathering Festival over the weekend, British technical metalcore stalwarts Architects gave a truly powerful and emotional speech in tribute to their late guitarist, Tom Searle.
During the middle of their set on the Friday evening (January 12th 2018), vocalist Sam Carter took a moment to deliver a heartfelt speech in dedication to his fallen bandmate and friend, who tragically lost his life on August 20th 2016 after a three year long battle with melanoma skin cancer.
You can stream and watch fan-shot video footage of the speech made by Carter below.
“I really want you to truly understand that moments like this, where we get to do this – these are the moments where we really honestly truly miss Tom so much, because these are the moments where it’s his unbelievable craft of songwriting on all of our last records where I really feel like he gets the love and attention that he deserves. Thank you so much, that is so beautiful.
It was really, really important to us that you understand just truly how special Tom was as a person, not just as a songwriter but as a friend. He meant so much to every single one of us. He meant so much to every single one of us; everyone that he came into contact with. He really touched and changed peoples’ lives, so thank you for showing the respect that you have right now.
It’s also really important to us that – I know we’re not the only people in this world that have gone through loss. We all go through it at some point in our lives, and I want you to understand, and I hid from it for a very long time, but it’s okay to hurt, it’s okay to cry. It’s a human emotion, and you need to feel what you need to feel, and you need to face up to it. There is no shame – and I wish I told myself this a long time ago ’cause my friends tried to tell me it – there is no shame in crying, there is no shame in hurting, and there is no shame in telling every single one of your friends and family that you love them, because you don’t know how long you have with them.
So, thank you so much every single one of you for being here, for singing his lyrics, for keeping his music alive. We appreciate every single one of you.”