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Editors

Formed in 2003, Editors became one of the leading bands in the post-punk revival that swept America and England in the early 21st century. Originally dubbed Snowfield, the group comprised four music technology students from Stafford University -- singer/guitarist Tom Smith, lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, bassist Russell Leetch, and drummer Ed Lay -- all of whom had relocated to Birmingham after graduation. A series of a well-received club dates and demo recordings earned Editors some attention from British labels, and the group soon signed with the revitalized Kitchenware, the venerable indie label once home to Prefab Sprout.

Kitchenware issued the band's debut single, "Bullets," in early January 2005. The record reportedly sold out in one day, and its sound earned comparisons to the dark, dramatic atmospherics of contemporary bands like Interpol and Bloc Party (not to mention veteran outfits like Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen). Editors' follow-up single, "Munich," made them darlings of the U.K. music press, and just weeks after their standout performance at the annual Glastonbury Music Festival, the band issued a third single, "Blood." Their much-anticipated debut LP, The Back Room, followed in mid-2005. "Munich" was reissued in January 2006 to ramp up support for the album, which entered the Top Five in the U.K. and eventually earned platinum sales. A U.S. tour with stellastarr* coincided with the American release of The Back Room in March, and a Mercury Music Prize nomination followed in July.

Editors' sophomore effort, An End Has a Start, came out the following summer, preceded by the Top 10 single "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors." Like its predecessor, the album went platinum in the U.K. and maintained the band's modest audience in America, where they returned in September 2007 to launch another stateside tour. Editors remained on the road through the middle of 2008, playing a slew of festivals in the U.K. and opening a string of European shows for R.E.M. before the year was up. By this point the band had grown tired of their sound, however, and 2009 found them tinkering with synthesizers and industrial music. After enlisting the help of producer Flood (known for his work with Depeche Mode, U2, and Nine Inch Nails), they decamped to the studio to record In This Light and on This Evening, which unveiled their newfound electronic fixation upon its release in October 2009.

Eager to build on the success of a second U.K. number one album in a row, Smith immediately began to write material for a prospective fourth full-length. By the time the In This Light and on This Evening promotional tour had ended in late 2010, the band had enough new songs to enter a London studio, with Flood once again behind the desk. The majority of the band weren't satisfied with the initial results of these sessions, and by early 2012, Smith, Leetch, and Lay had asked Urbanowicz to leave Editors, when it became clear that the vision they had for the future of the band was not shared by their guitarist and founding member. Very shortly after Urbanowicz had departed, they were offered a high-profile festival slot in Werchter, Belgium in June 2012. They honoured this commitment, bringing in ex-Yourcodenameis: Milo guitarist Justin Lockey and Airship member Elliott Williams to their lineup, bolstering the band's sound and laying the foundations for the straight-ahead rock approach that their fourth album would ultimately take. Recorded as a five-piece in Nashville with Jacquire King as producer, The Weight of Your Love was issued in June 2013 and nodded to the ambitious, guitar-led, stadium-filling sound of U2 and R.E.M. ~ Jason Ankeny & James Wilkinson, Rovi
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They sound like Interpol.
They suck
I fell in love with this song so many years ago it seems....and I think I'll continue to love it for years and years to come.
theworldofkc 1 0
I love this!
K well I like Radiohead and also Editors are amazing
Editors rule... 2nd only to Muse!
...and Radiohead sucks
Ok, how is my post a brainless nerdrage? I was responding SPECIFICALLY to a post that's since been deleted. Get some context before you start passing judgement, jade. Guess what? I didn't know YOU existed until I read your post either. Amazing isn't it?
Hey Specialist88 , chill out punchy. No need to white knight some guy you don't even know only to go on a brainless nerdrage about s**t that makes you come off like you have suffered extensive brain damage and THEN go on to talk about some spelling error I couldn't have corrected because I didn't even know you existed till you came in here showing your a**. Seek help. The voices inside your head aren't your friends. Jesus, no worse fanboys than the music ones.
Ok
autumng.d
For some reason, this guys voice reminds me of Lana Del Rey...
....also the space is a typo, not a misspell a$$h0le
The Who SUCK. They smashed their instruments because they couldn't play them. Their lyrics are stupid. Zeppelin are the greatest of that era. btw I was listening to this type of music (Cure, Smiths, Love & Rockets etc.) 30 years ago and was thoroughly mocked by all my metal friends, so I believe I can say whatever the fcuk I want. Yorke's voice is unlistenable . Pretty much all Brit Pop in the 90s sucked.
Interpol a bad knockoff of RADIOHEAD? Ok now I'm pissed. The only band more over rated than Radiohead is The Who
Awesome band!! Amazing Voice!!
nickbates170 1
To me, they're just a bad knockoff of Interpol. Honestly, I don't get it.

To me Interpol is just a bad knockoff of Radiohead. Honestly, I don't get it. See I can play that idiotic game of tag too. Want to keep going till we reach back into the musical of the Renaissance?
Best band of early 21 First Century!!
joseph.wyda
The Smith & Burrows CD contains Christmas Music. My favorite cuts are When The Thames Froze, Only You, , This Ain't New Jersey, & The Christmas Song with agnes Obel ( an awesome version of The Christmas Song). Hopefully to become Christmas Classics.
joseph.wyda
Waiting for a major U.S. tour! Check out the collabaorati o n from Tom Smith (Editors) & Andy Burrows (We Are Scientists), Smith & Burrows. Found it on Amazon.
Pretty sure Interpol fought them and beat them in a NYC club.
loudmute
love thess guys
Quite legendary i think.
I love their song No Sound But the Wind. It's beautiful, but slightly sad.
waaooo
F**king awesome, as in awe-inspirin g .
nickbates170 1
To me, they're just a bad knockoff of Interpol. Honestly, I don't get it.
cool.
Editors are amazing as well as Interpol & JOy division!!!! I lLOVE THEM ALL.
I had this going in the background and would've * sworn * it was Interpol. Not surprised to see their name turn up in the bio.
WOW....great music and if not noticeable my human ears, than all hail the angels cry for such divinity...I f you area going to draw any comparisons than where is the Joy Division mention???
lyrics mean different things to different people, there is no one certain direct interperitat i o n . I think the voice is the best part of a great band. Its only a little like interpol as well..
Tom Smith's voice is like heaven to me.
Tom Smith's voice is what makes them so interesting. The sound is really tight and polished. Currently my favorite band.
i agree mr c. editors are one of the best bands ever. they need to tour here in the states. I would love to see them!!
Good lord some of you are embarrassing . This is actually really good music. Get away from mainstream pop.
Interesting. I guess I never looked at Editors Pandora page. I have The Back Room, and it's outstanding. Of course I only bought it because it was on sale when I was buying other stuff. But I like it, and will buy their other one. If Interpol came first, which they did, then how can you not say copycat? That's not always a bad thing. Oh, and I think they both have stupid lyrics.
Haha his voice sounds like the vampire puppet from Forgetting Sarah Marshall
his voice is weird and doesn't seem to fit.
Man with a name like editors you think they would have better lyrics
you yanks are all deaf as well as fat and stupid... lol the land of the clones
Someone said they saw you...=D
jim.chesnutt
While we are on the 'sounds like game,' I hear a little Dead Can Dance in there.
dancarp65
Although indeed their style is very similar to that of Interpol there are some distinct differences. . . Perhaps even enough to allow the enjoyment of editors without having to focus on their "copy-cattin e s s " . The vocals, in my opinion are fairly different from those of Interpol. The lead singer's voice is distinctly lower, and maybe even less annoying. I might even go as far as to say that The Editors' vocals are better than Interpol's. However, Interpol has a sort of put-together n e s s that is gud
I love these guys! my favorite quote from one of their songs is, "In the end, all you can hope for is the love you felt to equal the pain you've gone through".
I like them. Listening to Munich I like to imagine Frank Sinatra as the singer.
rwcupp
If Editors is derivate, so is Interpol. A band can make perfectly good music even if it is derivative.

Muse is not a Radiohead wannabe band. Bellamy sounds like Yorke, but only sometimes. Muse has many influences. Queen is another. (Ever heard "Soldier's Poem"?) Muse recalls '70's progressive rock bands at times. To say that Muse is a Radiohead wannabe band is like saying that Beyonce is an Etta James wannabe because she covered "At Last."
Kind words? I guess I'll keep calling you a douche then, one thing I won't argue with. How did I contradict myself exactly? In my original post I said they sound incredibly similar to Interpol, I never said I didn't like them, infact I said "I like both bands." You should probably learn to read before you begin typing on your fisher price keyboard. douche.
Thanks for the kind words AmiKelson. You contradict yourself and then get upset because Muse is a wannabe Radiohead band. Don't worry, Muse will always have Knights Of Cydonia (That's about the ONLY original stuff they have) I say they kindly ask Radiohead to join the band, somebody has to make the tea for Thom and Johnny.
I'd rather not turn Editors page into a flame war because this is a great band and this douche down here wouldn't probably care if it did turn into one. I am embarresed for you quite honestly. I thought we all gave up the short bus line in 3rd grade...
jcomes13
These guys are great!!!
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