Moody rockers Editors’ fourth album is worth the Weight
ALT-ROCKERS Editors have a love/hate relationship with festivals, and turned down our own Electric Picnic on their circuit to promote new album The Weight of Love.
They said the Picnic organisers were “taking the piss” — but frontman Tom Smith promises they’ll play here before the end of the year.
Tom says of festivals: “As a performer they’re instantly gratifying. If you feel like you’ve won over that field of people, you know it’s a powerful thing.
“There’s a slight frustration when they don’t go well because the audience aren’t there just to see you.
“Of course you’re up there and it’s like, ‘What the fuck am I doing here?’ That’s when I look forward to after the summer when we’re doing our own shows.”
The Weight of Love took four turbulent years to complete but is finally ready.
Editors founding member Chris Urbanowicz left the band, citing musical differences, as Smith reveals: “We reached a point where we could no longer function as four people so we made the decision to carry on as three of us.”
Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams were originally added to complete a show they had booked, but Smith says “the rehearsals for the show went really well and we started throwing around some of the new songs”.
He added: “We didn’t want a new guitarist to play just exactly like Chris did. Chris had a very individual style he had a signature sound, but with him going it wasn’t like, ‘Ok, now we need to get Chris part two’.
“We thought, ‘Let’s get a guitarist and move the band into a new area with someone who does things differently’, so the guitars on this record will sound very different from any lead guitars on previous Editors records.”
Elliott provides guitar and keyboards, but more importantly he sings — a first for the band.
Smith described the difficult transition: “We went through immense stress and strain. We felt like we didn’t know how to make music anymore so there was a lot of fear and worries regarding that when things got dark. When we started to put things back together and it started to work, it was exciting.
“Now we’re finding a way of presenting the songs that we’re all into in a way we haven’t done it before.”
Avoiding the pressure of following two platinum albums by not thinking about it, Smith remains philosophical, saying: “You make a record that you’re proud of and get it out and play it to people and hopefully the songs will do the rest for you.”
The Weight of Love deals with the slightly darker side of love, which in earlier days Smith would have been scared to write about.
The song Phonebook’s message is “with you, I’m not scared of getting old”.
As Smith describes it: “That’s a straightforward sentiment of love. It’s not a greeting cards sentiment, but it is a loving thing.”
He adds: “Love can be that life-affirming warming but equally it can be destructive and it can be a burden sometimes too.
“We take our music very seriously. Many people probably think we take it too seriously. I don’t personally think you can take it too seriously.”
A serious man for a serious album.
The Weight of Love is out now.