In the midst of the indie explosion of the mid-noughties, Editors' widescreen, new wave-influenced rock stood out from the crowd and gave them huge chart successes, with two number one albums and a string of hit singles.
But where most of the class of '05 have faded, combusted or stagnated, Editors have forged ahead. Th band's lust for evolution even saw them drom their guitars almost entirely on 2009’s electronica-tinged chart-topping In This Light And On This Evening.
There was an unexpected evolution to come, however: following that record’s release, guitarist Chris Urbanowicz amicably split from the group, citing that old classic, musical differences.
As a result, Editors did what any self-respecting, self-rejuvenating band might do: they flew to Nashville and, alongside new members Justin Lockey (lead guitar) and Elliott Williams (synths), recorded last year’s acclaimed fourth albumThe Weight Of Your Love.
MusicRadar caught up with frontman Tom Smith to find out about the new group dynamic, their adventures with analogue gear, and why Editors’ next record might just break the patterns of their past...