In the first interview since his exit from Architects, Josh Middleton talked about the details of the breakup. During the recent chat with Guitar.com, he revealed the reason behind his decision to leave the band and said:
“We were on different pages musically – that’s the best way to put it. For the most part, I listen to really, really heavy music all the time. Obviously, I was getting excited about the next Sylosis record because it’s quite heavy, and I guess it’s just a different direction.”
Mentioning his current relationship with his former bandmates, the guitarist went on:
“I don’t know what Architects’ plans are. They may do something even heavier than before. They might not. I guess you could say the partnership ran its course, but we’re still friends, and there’s no drama. I literally spoke to Sam earlier, just sending him memes.”
Middleton became a full-time member of Architects after Tom Searle passed away in 2016 and left the band after six years on May 31. They announced his departure on Instagram by writing:
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce Josh’s time in the band has come to an end. It has gradually become apparent that we need to go our separate ways, but we remain close friends.”
The band reflected on the guitarist’s role after Searle’s passing and added:
“Josh was a life raft for the band after we lost Tom, and he gave us a way to keep the band alive through the hardest experience [of] our lives. We will always be grateful to him for that.”
Josh Middleton’s ex-bandmates ended their statement by wishing him the best for his upcoming projects with Sylosis, as the band is getting ready to release their new album, ‘A Sign Of Things To Come,’ in September.
The second single from the upcoming record, ‘Poison For The Lost,’ was released last month. You can listen to it below.