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Formed in 2003, Editors became one of the leading bands in the post-punk revival that swept America and England in the early 21st century. Originally dubbed Snowfield, the group comprised four music technology students from Stafford University -- singer/guitarist Tom Smith, lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, bassist Russell Leetch, and drummer Ed Lay -- all of whom had relocated to Birmingham after graduation. A series of a well-received club dates and demo recordings earned Editors some attention from British labels, and the group soon signed with the revitalized Kitchenware, the venerable indie label once home to Prefab Sprout. Kitchenware issued the band's debut single, "Bullets," in early January 2005. The record reportedly sold out in one day, and its sound earned comparisons to the dark, dramatic atmospherics of contemporary bands like Interpol and Bloc Party (not to mention veteran outfits like Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen). Editors' follow-up single, "Munich," made them darlings of the U.K. music press, and just weeks after their standout performance at the annual Glastonbury Music Festival, the band issued a third single, "Blood." Their much-anticipated debut LP, The Back Room, followed in mid-2005. "Munich" was reissued in January 2006 to ramp up support for the album, which entered the Top Five in the U.K. and eventually earned platinum sales. A U.S. tour with stellastarr* coincided with the American release of The Back Room in March, and a Mercury Music Prize nomination followed in July. Editors' sophomore effort, An End Has a Start, came out the following summer, preceded by the Top 10 single "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors." Like its predecessor, the album went platinum in the U.K. and maintained the band's modest audience in America, where they returned in September 2007 to launch another stateside tour. Editors remained on the road through the middle of 2008, playing a slew of festivals in the U.K. and opening a string of European shows for R.E.M. before the year was up. By this point the band had grown tired of their sound, however, and 2009 found them tinkering with synthesizers and industrial music. After enlisting the help of producer Flood (known for his work with Depeche Mode, U2, and Nine Inch Nails), they decamped to the studio to record In This Light and on This Evening, which unveiled their newfound electronic fixation upon its release in October 2009. Eager to build on the success of a second U.K. number one album in a row, Smith immediately began to write material for a prospective fourth full-length. By the time the In This Light and on This Evening promotional tour had ended in late 2010, the band had enough new songs to enter a London studio, with Flood once again behind the desk. The majority of the band weren't satisfied with the initial results of these sessions, and by early 2012, Smith, Leetch, and Lay had asked Urbanowicz to leave Editors, when it became clear that the vision they had for the future of the band was not shared by their guitarist and founding member. Very shortly after Urbanowicz had departed, they were offered a high-profile festival slot in Werchter, Belgium in June 2012. They honored this commitment, bringing in ex-Yourcodenameis: Milo guitarist Justin Lockey and Airship member Elliott Williams to their lineup, bolstering the band's sound and laying the foundations for the straight-ahead rock approach that their fourth album would ultimately take. Recorded as a five-piece in Nashville with Jacquire King as producer, The Weight of Your Love was issued in June 2013 and nodded to the ambitious, guitar-led, stadium-filling sound of U2 and R.E.M. In 2015, Editors returned with their fifth studio album, the self-produced In Dream, which featured background vocals from Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and included the singles "No Harm," "Marching Orders," and "Life Is Fear." ~ Jason Ankeny & James Wilkinson
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Munich
  3.   An End Has A Start
  4.   Smokers Outiside The Hospital Doors
  5.   Bones
  6.   A Ton of Love
  7.   Papillon
  8.   Heads in Bags
  9.   Lullaby
  10.   Bullets
  11.   The Weight of the World
  12.   The Racing Rats
  13.   Push Your Head Towards the Air
  14.   No Sound But the Wind
  15.   Walk the Fleet Road
  16.   All Sparks
  17.   Blood
  18.   Formaldehyde
  19.   Sugar
  20.   Fingers in the Factories
  21.   Fall
  22.   The Boxer
  23.   In This Light and on This Evening
  24.   Open Your Arms
  25.   What is This Thing Called Love
  26.   The Sting
  27.   The Phone Book
  28.   Lights
  29.   Alternative: Forgiveness
  30.   Honesty
  31.   This House is Full of Noise
  32.   For the Money
  33.   The Big Exit
  34.   Bricks and Mortar
  35.   When Anger Shows
  36.   The Picture
  37.   Thousand Pieces
  38.   Alternative: Life Is a Fear
  39.   Spiders
  40.   Alternative: No Harm
  41.   Camera
  42.   Oh My World
  43.   All the Kings
  44.   Our Love
  45.   The Law
  46.   Life Is a Fear
  47.   Salvation
  48.   Ocean of Night
  49.   No Harm
  50.   Two Hearted Spider
  51.   I Want a Forest
  52.   Human
  53.   A Life as a Ghost
  54.   Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool
  55.   You Don't Know Love
  56.   Well Worn Hand
  57.   Escape The Nest
  58.   An Eye for an Eye
  59.   French Disko
  60.   Colours
  61.   Someone Says
  62.   Distance
  63.   You Are Fading
  64.   Hyena
  65.   Like Treasure
  66.   Harm
  67.   At All Cost
  68.   Some Kind of Spark
  69.   Forgiveness
  70.   Alternative: Our Love
  71.   Bird of Prey
  72.   The Weight
  73.   Marching Orders
  74.   Nothing

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