Architects reach Top 10 on US Rock Radio with “Animals”
The feat arrives nearly a month after 'For Those That Wish To Exist' debuted at No.1 in the U.K.April 2, 2021
Architects are continuing to reach new heights with their ninth studio album For Those That Wish To Exist. Nearly a month after they earned their first-ever U.K. chart No. 1 with the LP, Architects have hit another chart milestone, and this time it’s in the U.S.
According to Mediabase Building Charts, “Animals” is currently sitting at No. 6 on the Active Rock Airplay chart. The single is sandwiched between Seether’s “Bruised And Bloodied” at No. 5 and AC/DC’s “Realize” which is at No. 7. Foo Fighters’ “Waiting On A War,” off of their tenth studio album Medicine At Midnight, is sitting comfortably in the chart’s top spot.As it stands, this is the highest U.S. rock radio chart position Architects have ever reached. However, “Animals” has also done exceedingly well on one other rock music chart. On the week of March 12, the single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs chart. As well, that same week, “Dead Butterflies” reached No. 21 and “Impermanence,” their collab with Parkway Drive vocalist Winston McCall, peaked at No. 25 on the same chart.
Along with all of this, Architects have achieved their highest U.S. album chart placements yet with For Those That Wish To Exist. Last month, the album peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart. Previously, their highest position on the chart was with Holy Hell which reached No. 25 in November 2018. For Those That Wish To Exist also hit the 11th spot on the Top Rock Albums chart last month. Prior to the album’s release, their highest peak on the chart was No. 14 with Holy Hell.
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Last month, Architects actually revisited “Animals” for a moving rendition with a full orchestra. For the performance, the band took over the legendary Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios in London. Throughout the decades, numerous artists have recorded at Studio Two including the Beatles, Oasis and Pink Floyd. More recently, Adele, Panic! At The Disco, the 1975 and Noel Gallagher have recorded in the iconic space.
When it came to reworking “Animals” for the performance, Architects knew they wanted to change the overall vibe of the track. So, they decided to bring in a talented group of orchestra musicians to elevate “Animals” to a whole new level. As a result, Architects created something unlike anything fans have heard from them before.
“This was an amazing opportunity to reimagine ‘Animals’ entirely,” Architects say in a press release. “We took away the jagged synths, replaced them with an orchestra and recorded it in the world-famous Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios. The result is something unlike anything we’ve ever done before. We hope you enjoy it.”
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Last month, Architects achieved a major milestone in their career. Following For Those That Wish To Exist’s release Feb. 26, it shot to the top of the U.K. album charts. The placement marks the band’s first-ever No. 1 chart debut in the U.K. Architects’ ninth studio album managed to beat out artists such as rock band Maximo Park, rapper Digga D and Alice Cooper for the coveted top spot.
According to Official Charts, the race to No. 1 was very close. In the end, however, Architects beat out Maximo Park’s Nature Always Wins for the top spot by just 550 chart sales. This accomplishment also marks Architects’ first top 10 album in the U.K. Previously, their highest chart peak was No. 15 with 2016’s All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us.
On For Those That Wish To Exist, Architects teamed up with numerous artists for some explosive collaborations. Along with McCall on “Impermanence,” the album also features Royal Blood vocalist Mike Kerr on “Little Wonder” and Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil on “Goliath.” It also includes their previous singles “Meteor,” “Dead Butterflies” and “Black Lungs.”
Architects are also gearing up to take For Those That Wish To Exist on the road next year. Last month, they announced their headlining U.K. arena tour. The five-date tour kicks off in Leeds, England, Feb. 22, 2022 at First Direct Arena and ends March 1, 2022 in Cardiff, Wales, at Motorpoint Arena. During the string of dates, the band will also be playing Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and London’s historic Alexandra Palace.
So far, no support acts have been announced. Tickets for the tour are available to purchase here.
For Those That Wish To Exist UK Tour now on sale!
— Architects (@Architectsuk) March 20, 2021
The full list of Architects’ tour dates is below, and more information can be found here.
Architects tour dates
07/23/2021 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
07/24/2021 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus, Leeds University
08/06/2021 – Kingston upon Thames, UK @ Club Pryzm
08/07/2021 – Kingston upon Thames, UK @ Club Pryzm
02/22/2022 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
02/23/2022 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
02/25/2022 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
02/26/2022 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
03/01/2022 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
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