Editors Frontman: “Our Music Splits Opinion”
Tom Smith talks to MTV News UK about being bigger in Europe and better than ever live...
Editors frontman Tom Smith hopes their recent live shows have won back fans who may have fell out of love with the band.
Last summer’s The Weight of Your Love is Editors’ most globally successful album, with their fourth LP hitting No.1 in Belgium and Holland and going Top 5 in Germany and Switzerland.
But, in an exclusive interview with MTV News UK backstage before the Sugar rockers’ second sold-out night at London’s revered Roundhouse, Tom accepts not everyone loved The Weight of Your Love.
“Our music generally seems to split opinion,” he admitted when asked about the album’s mixed reception.
“In the UK it’s done well but on release it certainly wasn’t as successful as our second record.”
Tom continued: “It doesn’t help that our last two records have been very different sounding and people wonder where Chris has gone,” referring to former lead guitarist and founding member Chris Urbanowicz leaving the Birmingham-born band in 2012.
“I understand that shocked the audience a bit and some wouldn’t like us anymore, but I hope we’ve now won them over again.”
After headlining Lowlands in Holland last year, Editors’ growing fanbase in mainland Europe has seen them booked to top another major festival bill this summer at Belgium’s Pukkelpop.
“In mainland Europe I guess we’re more successful than we are in the UK,” said the 32-year-old, who in December married his long-term partner and ex-MTV presenter Edith Bowman.
“I don’t know why that is – maybe it’s the way we’re perceived in the press perhaps – but it’s cool and doesn’t feel strange.”
And he believes Editors are better live than ever: “Now we’re a five-piece there’s an extra set of hands so we’re all embracing the showmanship side of performing, because we’ve realised it’s not just about playing your songs and making sure you don’t make mistakes.”
Tom continued: “Every summer that goes past we get more adept at handling the big field.
“I remember when it was terrifying, especially playing in daylight, to resonate with that amount of people. But now it feels good.”
Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of their Mercury-nominated debut The Back Room, but Tom and his bandmates are more interested in going “full throttle” with their fifth studio album.
“I have been writing and I think those new songs will be Editors songs. There is a part of me that wonders if we should pick up where we left off rather than turning things on their head again.
“We still feel like we want to create something new rather than celebrate something that’s old, so making our next record feels like the most important thing.”
By Ben Lowe @MTVUK
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