The Xcerts have released an Architects cover in memory of Tom Searle
Tributes from the rock community continue to pour in following the tragic loss of Architects guitarist Tom Searle to cancer, aged just 28. The latest comes from The Xcerts, who today (August 31) have revealed their cover of Architects’ stirring single Gone With The Wind. The song is being released through music-glue on a pay-as-much-as-you-want basis to help raise money for the Martlets Hospice that cared so brilliantly for Tom until his passing over a week ago.
You can read the statement from Xcerts here and follow the link to hear their beautiful tribute below.
I know you’re probably deep in conversation with Bowie and Prince about writing and recording so i’m going to keep this short and sweet. I threatened for years i’d record one of your songs acoustically and i’ve finally done it. You are well aware ‘Gone With The Wind’ is a personal favourite of mine and i sincerely hope i’ve done you and the boys justice.
Our favourite past time was talking for hours on end about songwriting and our connection was certainly built upon the fact you and i saw the romance in what we both did, regardless of the fact you wrote heavy epics and i write pop songs. I was always so intrigued and inquisitive about your writing as listening to your songs, to me, was like watching ‘Inception’. “Where on earth did you start with this” became my tagline every time i heard a new demo. Your skill and craftsmanship within songwriting was and will forever be an absolute wonder to me. I’m glad you could never fully explain where a song came from, deep down i never wanted to find out.
All money raised will be donated to the Martlet’s Hospice in Hove where Tom was cared for. Please feel free to spread the word and i sincerely hope you enjoy the rendition. Huge thanks to the boys and family for giving me their blessing, Brighton Electric, Jag Jago (engineer), Steve Ansell from Blood Red Shoes (backing vocals) and my man Jordan Smith (backing vocals / piano) for making this happen.
Stream and purchase the track from the link below. It’s Pay What You Want so feel free to go nuts. This is all about raising as much money for the hospice as possible and honouring Tom.
Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for being a beautiful friend,
Love. Always love. x“
You can hear their cover of Gone With The Wind below and click on the link to buy it
If you would like to donate to Martlets Hospice hospice, you can do so by visiting Tom’s fundraising page here.
The new issue of Kerrang! includes a six-page tribute to Tom from the bands that knew and loved him, including You Me at Six, Parkway Drive, Royal Blood, Enter Shikari and many more.