Securing the support slot for Agent Orange‘s latest North American outing, which begins October 1, 2014, The Architects will unleash their signature swagger on 23 unsuspecting cities throughout the tour. The Architects/Agent Orange pairing with hit major markets along the way, rolling through Chicago, New York, Philly and Washington DC before routing back towards The Midwest from the Eastern Seaboard. Hot on the tail of their September 9, 2014, release of the second installment of their epic, multimedia platform Border Wars, the band will introduce Episode II to an eager fan base during their first tour following the release.
The culmination of nearly two years of blood and sweat-sodden labor, Episode II was composed while consuming tens of thousands of cigarettes and thousands of midnight hours to bring fans the biggest, coolest experience possible. Planned as an episodic five part series, Border Wars is told through a collection of comic book stories illustrated by Mallory Dorn and soundtracked through the accompanying
Cheap Trick-influenced and conceptualized in the spirits of The Who, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, My Chemical Romance, The Architects have shift their focus from making albums to creating storylines. Border Wars tells the story of Tom and Josie, two kids from a tiny town in southwestern Texas. Their backgrounds could not be more different. Tom is the only son of a wealthy televangelist minister. Josie is a runaway, currently employed by meth cooker. Their paths weave and interact with the city’s corrupt sheriff and his reality show, an ex-cartel boss on death row, hookers, scumbags, mob lawyers, crooked senators and a pair of wise morticians, culminating into a blood-soaked denouement.
Following the split of The Gadjits in 2004, the band has pushed forward, balancing a punk mentality with a solid, blue-collar work ethic. With four well-received full lengths under their belt (2004’s Keys to the Building, 2006’s Revenge, 2008’s Vice and 2009’s The Hard Way), the band is no stranger to release day.
The Architects are Brandon Phillips (Vocals, Guitar), Zach Phillips (Bass Guitar), Adam Phillips (Drums) and Keenan Nichols (Guitars). Border Wars: Episode II will be released digitally September 9, 2014 on Exodus Entertainment. The band will join Agent Orange on the road throughout the month of October.
AGENT ORANGE / THE ARCHITECTS
10/01 Waterloo, IA Reverb
10/02 Minnesota, MN 7th St. Entry
10/03 Green Bay, WI Crunchy Frog
10/04 Chicago, IL Double Door
10/05 Grand Rapids, MN Pyramid Scheme
10/07 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
10/08 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
10/09 Pittsburgh, PA Alter Bar
10/10 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
10/11 Providence, RI Firehouse 13
10/12 Collinsville, CT Bridge Street Live
10/14 Kenilworth, NJ 10th Street Live
10/15 Stanhope, NJ Stanhope House
10/17 New York, NY Santo’s Party House
10/18 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Lanes
10/19 Philadelphia, PA North Star
10/20 Washington DC Black Cat
10/21 Richmond, VA Bandito Burrito Lounge
10/22 Virginia Beach, VA Shakas
10/23 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
10/24 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
10/25 Oklahoma City, OK Leon’s Lounge
10/26 Tulsa, OK Shrine