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Editors look set to grab some big headlines


Story: Jack Foley

REMEMBER the name Editors. It's an appropriate one, given the hype surrounding this emerging UK outfit which could well grab many a headline during 2005.

Comprised of Tom Smith (on vocals, guitar), Chris Urbanowicz (guitars), Russell Leetch (bass guitar) and Ed Lay (drums), Editors release their debut single, Bullets, through Kitchenware, on January 24, 2005.

Billed as 'a darkly wrought piece of emotional fire', the single boasts an insidious chorus that hangs in the mind, while drawing the listener into a world of half realised ambitions and extraordinary beauty.

Featurng memorable lyrics such as 'if something has to change then it always does', the track is described as 'an internal dialogue of discomfort' which marks 'the closest we have yet come to a love song'.

It has already been championed by Radio 1's Zane Lowes and Xfm's John Kennedy and emerged as a live favourite during the band's support sets for Oceansize and The Bravery at the end of 2004.

Editors hail from all over the country but settled in Birmingham in the autumn of 2003, where they found themselves with a clutch of tracks that form the basis of their debut album, due later in 2005.

Drawing on their love of early REM, Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen, Editors honed an identifiably English sound focused on the grand themes of love, loss and redemption.

Early shows and a smattering of demos led to record company interest, but the band elected to sign to independent Kitchenware, a label that shared their vision of creating a catalogue that would stand the test of time rather than a short, sharp burst of attention all too prevalent in the current musical landscape.

It is in keeping with the band's desire to challenge perceptions and preconceptions.

As their PR states: "Taking the fractured hopes that are the mainstay of life in the modern world as a starting point, the band’s songs tread a line between the some time futility of life and the constant possibility of redemption and better times.

"Avoiding a didactic approach to his lyrics, Tom creates dramas without resolution, allowing the audience to bring their own experiences and conclusions to the songs.

"What the listener believes his songs are about is as important as what he originally meant to say."

Fans of Bullets can check out what all this means by getting on down to The Barfly on February 2, 2005.

 

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