Architects Guitarist Tom Searle Dies at 28 After Cancer Battle

Jennifer McCord
Architects

Tom Searle, founding guitarist with British metalcore outfit Architects, died Saturday (Aug. 20) after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 28. 

In a touching letter posted to the band’s Facebook, Searle’s brother and bandmate Dan described Tom as “an incredible songwriter and guitarist. He was my closest and oldest friend. He was a funny, intelligent and sweet man and he leaves an enormous void in all of our lives.”

The drummer added, “I don’t know what will become of Architects. Me and Tom started playing in a band together when we were 13 and, really, Architects is just an evolution of the band that we started all the way back then, over half my life ago."

The late rocker had missed a bunch of shows over the past 15 months as his heath deteriorated, though he had a knack for rebounding and surprising his band and fans with his resilience. In the last two weeks, however, his condition “suddenly took a turn for the worse and finally he left us,” wrote Dan. 

The Brighton five piece is committed to fulfilling its commitment to its scheduled All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us tour in Australia with Bring Me The Horizon next month, and its U.K. and European headline trek which is due to roll out in October and November. “We hope that these shows will be an opportunity for everyone out there to show their respects to my wonderful brother. It won’t be easy for us to get on stage and play every night without him," noted Dan, "but it’s something that we must do.” 

Four Architects albums have cracked the U.K. top 40, led by its most recent album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us which reached No. 15 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in June. All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us debuted at No. 2 on Australia’s chart and peaked at No. 109 on the Billboard 200.

The group is encouraging fans to donate in Searle's memory to the Martlets Hospice in Hove, which looked after the artist in his final days.