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Editors Biography


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Birth Place: Stafford, Staffordshire, England
Years Active: 2002–present
Genres: Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival


The alternative rock band, Editors, formed in Stafford, England in 2002. 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).

The band members met while studying at Staffordshire University. After a couple of name changes and early demos, in October 2004, the group signed to Newcastle based label Kitchenware Records. Upon signing to the record label they changed their name to Editors.

2005 saw the release of Editors’ first single, “Bullets.” A second single, “Munich,” was released later that same year and peaked at #22 on the U.K. Singles chart. Editors’ next single, “Blood,” peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart. The band’s debut album, “The Back Room,” was also released in 2005 and was a commercial success, peaking at #2 on the U.K. Albums chart.

2007 marked the release of Editors’ second album, “An End Has a Start,” which peaked at #1 on the U.K. Albums charts within the first week of its release. The single, “The Racing Rats,” peaked at #26 on the U.K. Singles chart that same year.

2009 brought the band’s third album, “In This Light and on This Evening,” which peaked at #1 on the U.K. Albums chart. It featured the singles, “Papillon” and “You Don’t Know Love.”

Original guitarist Chris Urbanowicz left the band in 2012 and was replaced by Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams. In 2013 Editors released their fourth studio album, “The Weight of Your Love,” via PIAS Recordings. “A Ton of Love,” “Formaldehyde” and “Honesty” were issued as singles.