Formed in 2002, the British indie rock band Editors drew inspiration primarily from Joy Division, but were often compared to the American band Interpol. Initially named Pilot, followed by The Pride, then The Snowfield, and finally Editors, the four musicians sent a demo of their single ‘Bullets’ to a variety of labels in 2003. The following year, they signed to Kitchenware Records in Newcastle. The aforementioned title was followed by their second single, ‘Munich’, and then their third ‘Blood’. Their debut album The Back Room was released in 2005. It was an energetic and melodic rock opus that was distinguished by a good sense of group cohesion.
This was the record that kick-started their careers: the album went platinum in England, the band opened for Franz Ferdinand, and a tour of the United States followed which took in major festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. In 2007 their second album, An End Has a Start, also met with platinum success. It was followed by a tour to pastures new; Glastonbury Festival, Eurockéennes, Solidays, Oxegen then Musilac, Pinkpop, and more.
They also toured North America and Europe, opening for R.E.M, a band that had always influenced the four musicians of Editors. The band often took to the stage to join R.E.M on their rendition of ‘Orange Crush’. Their third record, In This Light and On This Evening followed, a more definitively electronic opus, assuming synths from beginning to end. Produced by the famous Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers), this album was a real jumping off point, bringing them even closer to the aesthetic of vintage New Order rather than post-punk.
The voice of the singer Tom Smith combined well with this eighties sound, particularly on tracks like ‘Bricks and Mortar’. The group dispersed, opening for Muse, and composing a song for the soundtrack of the film Twilight. Finally, after the departure of guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, who was replaced by both Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams, Editors returned with The Weight of Your Love in 2013. This album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, etc.), and returned to their original rock sound. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the album remained a big hit with the group’s long-time fans. This recording was centred on love, in all of its forms, at once ‘romantic, ruptured, scary and obsessive’, according to Tom Smith. © HR / Qobuz