The four members of EDITORS are the first to admit that they are not from the rock 'n' roll centres of the UK. Vocalist Tom Smith is from Stroud, guitarist Chris Urbanowicz is from Nottingham whilst drummer Ed Lay is from Ipswich and bass player Russell Leetch the only near Brummie, hails from Solihull. It may be this geographical grounding that leads the band to suggest that "rock 'n' roll doesn't really follow us around" but recent events have suggested that this pattern is changing. Things were set in motion when Ed became the last member on board a previous incarnation of the band and EDITORS were born. Having founded the band at University in Stafford, on graduation the four relocated to Birmingham as it was both the nearest big city and the home of their management.
The first sign was a deal with rejuvenated independent Kitchenware, in the teeth of offers from bigger labels, at the close of 2004. For the band this was a very conscious decision, eschewing the immediate appeal of bigger advances for the care, attention and freedom offered by the independent. The first fruit of the Kitchenware deal was debut, limited single, "Bullets" in January of this year. Sold out within two days of it's release, "Bullets" established Editors in one short, three minute burst and second single, "Munich" shot into the 20 and propelled the band on to the stage for MTV's Spanking New Music Week alongside the airwaves of Radio 6, Radio One and Xfm and the pages of NME, The Fly and The Sunday Times Culture, who opined:
"Munich packs more urgency, passion, hooks and power into its short life than many bands manage over a whole album"
With live shows on their debut tour and a subsequent, enlarged second headline tour selling out as much by word of mouth as media attention, Editors are now poised to release their genuinely highly anticipated debut album, "The Back Room" on July 25th. Crafted by the band with "Fifth Editor", Jim Abbiss at Chapel Studios in Lincoln, the album will further enhance the band's swelling ranks of fans with familiar live tracks alongside some new ones that have allowed the band to stretch their wings a little.
"Camera" sees the band deliver an electronic elegy which may surprise some of those familiar to the sheer attack of their live shows whilst "Distance" closes the album with a stark beauty that is both uplifting and other worldly. Amongst live favourites such as forthcoming single "Blood" and set opener "Someone Says" lies "All Sparks", the last track to be written for the album and a perfect encapsulation of what the band term their "Dark Disco".
With dream shows at Glastonbury, the Eden Project and Reading and Leeds over the summer and their largest headline tour to date to be announced, EDITORS time is come. Praise also comes from their contemporaries with Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of Elbow taking production duties on a new B side after a mutual friend passed on a copy of "Munich" that found much favour in the Elbow camp. As evidenced by their forum, where the 'original' fans have already set up their own section and the continued 30 pounds plus price of a Bullets 7" on Ebay, the facts are unmistakable, this is a band that are very much at the beginning of a great rock 'n' roll story of their own. It may be that rock 'n' roll is soon following Editors around, the Back Room boys are set for the limelight.
"Munich is The Third Man to a glacial post-punk beat, while Bullets is a vast, U2 stadium-filler." NME