Monday, September 9, 2019

Editors band retrospective on the way

Editors have announced the release of their best of album Black Gold, out Oct. 25 via Play It Again Sam. Black Gold will include 13 tracks from their 6 studio albums, alongside 3 brand new songs: "Upside Down", summer festival anthem "Frankenstein" (watch the supernatural video here) and the gothically dramatic title track "Black Gold" - out now.

The band will also be embarking on a 27 date European and UK Greatest Hits tour in early 2020, which will see them play shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and Glasgow, with a landmark performance at London’s SSE Arena Wembley set for Friday February 28th. Full tour schedule below.

Black Gold’s cover photograph was shot by award winning photographer Nadav Kander and the album artwork was designed by celebrated graphic designer Tom Hingston (Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers, The Rolling Stones). The album also comes in a deluxe 2 CD version, which includes a second disc of 8 stripped back recordings of tracks from the band’s catalogue titled ‘Distance: The Acoustic Recordings’.

“Conversations about a Best Of… had been going on for the past three or four years, but it never felt like the right moment,” admits frontman Tom Smith. “We were always cracking on with a new album.” But singer/guitarist/pianist Smith, Russell Leetch (bass, synths) and Ed Lay (drums, percussion) had made three albums with original guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, and three with newer members Justin Lockey (guitar) and Elliott Williams (guitars, keyboards), “so it felt like a good time to do it.”

And so they reached out again to Garrett “Jacknife” Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, REM, The Killers), the Grammy-winning producer who worked with Editors on their #1 sophomore album An End Has a Start, to produce the three new offerings that would go alongside a collection of tracks spanning 15 years, 6 studio albums and over 2.5 million album sales.

From their Mercury Prize shortlisted debut The Back Room, to #1 debuting An End Has A Start, platinum selling In This Light and On This Evening, The Weight of Your Love, self-produced In Dream and their 6th top 10 album in a row, 2018’s Violence, Editors have cultivates a fanbase that sees them regularly performing sold out tours across the UK, Europe and further afield, as well as headlining festivals ahead of many more household names, such as 2018’s Werchter Classic Festival in Belgium, which they headlined and curated with Kraftwerk and The National supporting.

“To still be doing this is something I’m very proud of,” says Smith. “These days longevity might not be seen as cool, but I think it is. We’ve solidified what this new version of the band is, and I think the new songs show that the band are hungry. We’ve always felt like outsiders, but wanted to write songs that connect with people emotionally, and resonate in a deeper way. That can sound pretentious and contrived, but there are people out there that our band mean a lot to. That’s what I always wanted.”

Track listing:

Disc 1

1. Frankenstein
2. Papillon
3. Munich
4. Sugar
5. Hallelujah (So Low)
6. An End Has A Start
7. Upside Down
8. Bullets
9. Ocean Of Night
10. No Harm
11. Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
12. A Ton Of Love
13. Magazine
14. The Racing Rats
15. Black Gold
16. No Sound But The Wind

Disc 2 (Deluxe Version Only)

1 . Violence (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
2 . Walk The Fleet Road (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
3 . Blood (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
4 . Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
5 . Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
6 . Fall (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
7 . Two Hearted Spider (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
8 . Distance (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

European tour:

1/30/2020- Paris, France - Salle Pleyel
1/31/2020 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
2/1/2020 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
2/3/2020 - Berlin, Germany - Velodrom
2/4/2020 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
2/5/2020 - Warsaw, Poland - Torwar
2/7/2020 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
2/8/2020 - Zagreb, Croatia - Dom Sportova Zagreb
2/10/2020 - Rome, Italy - Atlantico
2/11/2020 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
2/12/2020 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
2/14/2020- Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
2/15/2020 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
2/17/2020 - Madrid, Spain - The Box (Wizen Center)
2/18/2020 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
2/27/2020 - Birmingham, UK - Arena Birmingham
2/28/2020 - London, UK - The SSE Arena Wembley
2/29/2020 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
3/2/2020 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
3/3/2019 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
3/27/2020 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Principal Theatre
3/28/2020 - Athens, Greece - Tae Kwan Do Arena
4/1/2020 - Kiev, Ukraine - StereoPlaza
4/3/2020 - Moscow, Russia - GlavClub
4/4/2020 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Morze
6/22/2020 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadtpark
6/27/2020 - The Hague, Netherlands - Zuidepark

Ticket details for all shows here:

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