Editors return in June 2007 with their second album An End Has A Start, on
Kitchenware Records. Following on from the phenomenal success of debut platinum
album The Back Room the new recordings see the band deliver on the promise so
many identified on that record.
Recorded in Ireland at Grouse Lodge with Garret Lee and mixed at Olympic
Studios by Cenzo Townshend, the album sees the team behind the re-recorded
version of Bullets set to work on an entire collection of Editors work with
To seasoned Editors watchers, a handful of tracks on the album will already
be familiar. The heart stopping Weight Of The World and Bones were both regulars
in the band's set from the summer of 2006 and their recorded versions are as
sure as their live relations.
Whilst The Back Room seethed with claustrophobic menace and icy grandeur, An
End Has A Start sees Tom Smith more focused on the power of redemption and the
human necessity for friendship and family in the face of death.
The album's lyrics are closely linked to events over the last year or so as
Tom explains: "There is a lot of death on the record, that sounds pretty morbid
but it's the truth. Death has touched me and my friends in the last year in
several ways. Realising everything comes to an end is important and I think
we've done our best to make it something glorious and uplifting as well as
However, Tom is keen to stress that not all is dark in Editors world.
Alongside the inevitable, the record also reflects the hectic touring of the
last two years that saw Editors play everywhere from Istanbul to Osaka: "Living
in an over-populated but exciting world, the buzz of the city, electricity,
neon, lights, skyscrapers, planes, billions of people all run through the lyrics
of songs on the record".
Amongst an album that reinforces the visceral power of Editors music, the
album closes on the simple piano and guitar of Well Worn Hand. Recorded in one
take with Tom and Chris playing live in the studio, the track emphasises Editors
desire to stretch themselves on this album. Such willingness to experiment saw
them rope in friends alongside band members to create the choir that is heard at
the close of Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, the single that will precede
the album on June 18th.
GUIDE - "Alternative rock hasn't seen anything like this since the
release of Turn on the Bright Lights."