Editors are an English rock band, formed in 2002 in Birmingham.
Let’s find out some interesting facts about them!
1. Previously known as Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield, the band currently consists of Tom Smith (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Russell Leetch (bass guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals), Ed Lay (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Justin Lockey (lead guitar), and Elliott Williams (keys, synthesizers, guitars, and backing vocals).
2. Editors have so far released two platinum studio albums, and five in total, with several million combined sales.
3. Their debut album The Back Room was released in 2005. It contained the hits “Munich” and “Blood” and the following year received a Mercury Prize nomination.
4. Their follow-up album An End Has a Start went to number 1 in the UK Album Chart in June 2007 and earned the band a Brit Awards nomination for best British Band.
5. It also spawned another Top 10 hit single, “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors”.
6. The band’s third album, In This Light and on This Evening, was released in October 2009 and went straight to number 1 in the UK Album Chart.
7. The band released their fourth studio album, The Weight of Your Love, in July 2013, followed by self-produced In Dream in October 2015.
8. Alongside their critical acclaim and strong success in the charts, Editors have consistently enjoyed sold-out tours and numerous headlining festival slots.
9. Their brand of dark indie rock is commonly compared to the sound of bands such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Interpol, The Chameleons and U2.
10. Editors’ own variation of dark indie guitar rock draws on influences from both older and contemporary bands. Their influences include Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Strokes, The Walkmen, Elbow. and R.E.M..
11. The band draw their musical style particularly from the latter two bands’ debut albums Asleep in the Back and Murmur.
12. While often compared to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen by the media, the band commented that those bands are too old to have a major impact on their musical style. Upon Editors’ first appearances in the British music scene, they were also heavily compared to American indie band Interpol.