Back in August, Protest the Hero announced a tour with Architects and The Kindred for this November and December. With the tour's ending date of December 15 in sight, Architects have dropped off due to "mental and physical exhaustion." Who will replace them?
The Contortionist will be filling in for the remainder of the dates.
The band took to Facebook late last week to announce their departure from the tour and kind of announce that their new record was complete. More the former than the latter:
“There’s no easy way to say this but we have decided to pull out of the remaining Protest the Hero shows in the US. In the interests of honesty, avoiding ambiguity and the standard ‘personal reasons’ line, we want to explain our reasons clearly.
A big factor in this was beginning this tour immediately after an extremely intense period recording our new album, which had already left us burnt out and mentally / physically exhausted. Simply said – we have nothing left in us after the extremely long year we have had thus far. We have hit a brick wall and desperately need a break to be home, get healthy and clear our minds for the remainder of the year.
We haven’t taken this decision lightly. We make it carrying a great deal of guilt for letting down the bands we’re on tour with and the fans that have bought tickets, and to them we are sorry. This is the first time in 8 years of touring that we’ve ever had to do anything like this and it makes us feel extremely uncomfortable.
This is also a not a financially motivated decision, exiting this tour means we lose out on a good amount of money, but somethings are more important. Protest is of course going on with the tour and they will announce our replacement soon.
Again – we are deeply sorry to everyone we have let down. We will be back next year, revitalised and with a brand new album.”
It's an interesting decision to make given the tour was to be over in about two weeks at the time of the announcement, but I have to respect them for recognizing they wouldn't be giving their all for the fans. Overall, nice job Architects! We're looking forward to your next record! The band will be replaced by The Contortionist for the remainder of the dates, which are as follows:
12/03 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
12/05 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
12/06 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
12/07 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
12/08 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
12/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
12/11 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
12/13 New York, NY – Gramercy
12/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium Upstairs
12/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero