Pop rock band The Xcerts today released a cover of Architects song 'Gone With The Wind' in tribute to the life of the metal band's guitarist Tom Searle.
The song will be released as a "pay what you want" download and all proceeds will be given to The Martlets Hospice, which is where Searle spent his final days.
Tom Searle's death has left many people in music devastated and the impact speaks volumes of what a phenomenal person and musician he was.
The tribute also came with this message:
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.
Love. Always love.
You can listen and donate to the Xcerts cover of 'Gone With The Wind' here: https://www.musicglue.com/the-xcerts/products/gone-with-the-wind-architects-cover-/
You can also check out the SoundCheck podcast tribute to Tom Searle here: https://soundcloud.com/soundcheck-991717179/soundcheck-episode-41-rip-tom-searle