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Architects Drummer Asks For Understanding From Fans When Talking About His Late Brother


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Architects recently embarked on their first tour since the tragic passing of guitarist Tom Searle to cancer this past August. His brother, band drummer Dan Searle, has again discussed moving forward without Tom and has asked for understanding from fans who wish to talk about his brother. He said via Instagram:

“It’s hard to get my head around how much has happened since this photo was taken. In this moment Tom‘s illness was very much at bay and the band had reached a level that we’d never even dreamt of. It felt like we had everything we’d ever wanted and more. It’s frightening how quickly your entire life can get turned upside down. Shortly after this night in London, everything associated with the band faded into the background and Tom‘s wellbeing became the only thing that mattered.

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I remember bumping into someone that I went to school with at a pub in Brighton around 6 months before this show. He was never a friend of mine but I knew of him well enough to engage in a conversation. He hadn’t had the same fortune as me in my life and he had caught wind of the bands moderate success. He told me to enjoy it while it lasted because ‘you never know when it could end’.

I dismissed his comments as bitter but perhaps there is more truth to what he said than I cared to admit at the time. Although the band isn’t over at this point, this chapter of the band is. I’m hellbent on keeping Tom‘s legacy alive and moving this band forward, I want to do it for him, I want to do him proud and I can think of no greater inspiration.

Everyday is a challenge and I miss him intensely. I’m still trying to figure out exactly where to go from here. My perspective on life has been shattered and I’m still picking up the pieces. I do know that I’m grateful for what we’ve built and I’m grateful for my family and friends. Playing shows again has felt good and I am genuinely so excited to start our next tour.

I’ve had many people want to speak to me about Tom, and understandably so, but I’ve felt very self conscious of how I behave during those conversations. If I broke down in tears every time the topic was broached I’d be dangerously dehydrated and emotionally fraught, so if I seem cold on the subject please understand that it’s hard for me to repeatedly open up those wounds.

UK and Europe, see you all soon x”

It’s hard to get my head around how much has happened since this photo was taken. In this moment Tom’s illness was very much at bay and the band had reached a level that we’d never even dreamt of. It felt like we had everything we’d ever wanted and more. It’s frightening how quickly your entire life can get turned upside down. Shortly after this night in London, everything associated with the band faded into the background and Tom’s wellbeing became the only thing that mattered. I remember bumping into someone that I went to school with at a pub in Brighton around 6 months before this show. He was never a friend of mine but I knew of him well enough to engage in a conversation. He hadn’t had the same fortune as me in my life and he had caught wind of the bands moderate success. He told me to enjoy it while it lasted because ‘you never know when it could end’. I dismissed his comments as bitter but perhaps there is more truth to what he said than I cared to admit at the time. Although the band isn’t over at this point, this chapter of the band is. I’m hellbent on keeping Tom’s legacy alive and moving this band forward, I want to do it for him, I want to do him proud and I can think of no greater inspiration. Everyday is a challenge and I miss him intensely. I’m still trying to figure out exactly where to go from here. My perspective on life has been shattered and I’m still picking up the pieces. I do know that I’m grateful for what we’ve built and I’m grateful for my family and friends. Playing shows again has felt good and I am genuinely so excited to start our next tour. I’ve had many people want to speak to me about Tom, and understandably so, but I’ve felt very self conscious of how I behave during those conversations. If I broke down in tears every time the topic was broached I’d be dangerously dehydrated and emotionally fraught, so if I seem cold on the subject please understand that it’s hard for me to repeatedly open up those wounds. UK and Europe, see you all soon x

A photo posted by Dan Searle (@danarchitects) on

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