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
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
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
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
"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.