MUSIC ID: Editors

The band from Birmingham will release their new album The Weight of your Love on July 1st

Text: Yiota Dendrinou


“The world’s a living, breathing thing and it can surprise you. Something you’ve seen a million times before can still take your breath away in a moment.” – Tom Smith, frontman of the Editors.



From the moment they were formed, Editors seemed to have planned the path of their career so carefully, so as to be called the second biggest British band of 2000s after Arctic Monkeys. They have played in the biggest festivals such asGlastonbury, Coachella and the Isle of Wight Festival and gave sold-out toured by themselves or with acclaimed bands such as Franz Ferdinand and R.E.M.


A few weeks ago, the first single A Ton of Love from their new upcoming album was released and lead singer Smith characterized the album as “having a foot in that alt rock /Americana world”. As for the lyrics, he said that they remind love songs, but not the traditional ones.



The Weight of your Love is their fourth studio work, after two platinum albums and successful singles. Back in 2005, their first album The Back Room gave us singles, such as Munich and Blood. But, bigger recognition came with their second album An End Has a Start that went straight to No 1, including the unforgettable song Smokers outside the hospital doors.

And then their album In This Light and on This Evening was released. Inspired by the 1980s classic sci-fi movies, such as Blade Runner and The Terminator, it has an obvious electronic influence. But the band didn’t want to miss the emotional factor, because as they say, “…a lot of electronic records do sound clinical, there is no emotional attachment and they do feel a bit like they’re being played by machines”. As a result, singles like You Don’t Know Love and Papillion were born.


Editors have many times been compared to the 1970s British bands, Joy Division and Echo and The Bunnymen, with the band admitting that they were major influences on their music. Many people characterize their style as dark, with excessive use of synthesizers. “I don’t mind people calling us dark or describing us as dark”, Smith declares. “It’s when people question why we’re like that. I grew tired of that cynicism towards us because of the fact we are dark. Personally, I like the way you can get dark lyrics and serious things in life into people’s homes or cars because the songs are big or very melodic or poppy. I like that”.

Editors have set their own style through all these years, gaining a lot of followers and fans. The only thing remaining to see is whether their new album would have the same respond as the previous three.