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Soul searching sets Editors on a more rocky road

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 08, 2013

Editors will play in Exeter on Sunday

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It's been three years since Editors have headlined around our shores. The band's brand of dark indie rock generated four albums, including chart-topper An End Has A Start. End, then it all went quiet.

"We had a slightly enforced rest because we didn't want to release anything we felt was sub-standard," explains drummer Ed Lay.

Earlier this year they unleashed The Weight of Your Love, an album many regard as their finest, but its creation involved a huge amount of upheaval and soul searching. It began with lead singer Tom Smith writing a batch of songs.

"We were trying to shoehorn them into the synthetic, industrial style of the previous record," continues Ed. "It wasn't working. Eventually we made the toughest decision, that Chris, our guitarist, had to go – we just couldn't go forward with the style he envisaged."

Chris Urbanowicz was one of the four founder members and Ed admits breaking the 10-year relationship was… "horrible – but, ultimately, worth it. What we've ended up with on this record is a huge change from before, a more traditional rock band sound with a fantastic vocal delivery from Tom. We've now recorded four very different albums, each successful in its own way."

Epic, atmospheric and dark, with an emotive cinematic quality, the album found form in Nashville, under the guidance of producer Jacquire King.

"We wanted to record in the US to capture the vibe there. For a start they run on 120 volts instead of 240 which has quite an effect on the equipment and sound.

New to the line up were guitarist Justin Lockey, ex yourcodenameis: Milo, and Elliott Williams of Airship, who along with third existing member, Russell Leetch, laid the foundations for the straight-ahead rock approach the album took on.

It was very warmly received, but for Ed, the real proof of the pudding came in the ensuing live shows.

"We've just come back this week from a 30-date tour of Europe, playing all kinds of different venues, from 1,000 capacity clubs in Lithuania to our biggest ever headliner, of 18,000 in an arena in Antwerp, which was absolutely mind-blowing!"

Editors play Exeter's Great Hall, on the University campus, on Sunday, November 10 along with British Sea Power.

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