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Band  |  Tom Smith  |  Chris Urbanowicz  |  Russell Leetch  |  Ed Lay Other People
 

Editors all began in 2000 when Tom Smith, Chris Urbanowicz, Geraint Owen and Russell Leetch all met whilst on a Music  Technology course at Staffordshire University. They all realised that they had similar music tastes and that Music Technology wasn't the career for them as it was too 'geeky.' So they all decided to form a band, playing in and around Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Stafford. They called themselves 'Pilot' but soon realised a 1970's band had already taken the name so they soon changed it to 'The Pride.' They made a promo under this name with the tracks 'Come Share The View' and 'Forest Fire'. They decided to make the songs available to listen to on Onemusic Unsigned and received a very positive response. A review of the demo on Onemusic Unsigned reads "The Pride keep things subliminally lo-fi. Refreshingly simple and restrained, 'Come Share The View' is a lesson in welding hypnotic soundscapes with white noise while showing allegiance to the school of slo-mo on 'Forest Fire'"

 As things started progressing for them they decided it would be a good idea to change the band name, so from then on they became 'Snowfield.' Geraint Owen was with them briefly as 'Snowfield' but left to be replaced by Ed Lay. Geraint now plays drums in Welsh band ' The Heights'. Gaining a lot of press and record label attention, Snowfield played a lot of gigs for the next couple of years supporting bands such as 'The Boxer Rebellion.' They all finished University in Autumn 2003 and decided to relocate to Birmingham to be in a band full time.

It wasn't until the end of 2004 that they signed to Kitchenware Records. They had a lot of interest from different labels but decided to bide their time until the perfect deal came along. They wanted to be on an independent record label as it would give them a lot more creative freedom. As they signed to Kitchenware they decided to change their band name to 'Editors' as it was a fresh start for them.

Following on from support slots to bands such as 'Oceansize' and 'The Bravery' in 2004, came their debut single. 'Bullets' was released as a limited edition single in January 2005, it reached number 54 in the UK chart. Second single 'Munich' was released in April and scored them a top 30 hit, reaching number 22. Subsequently 'Blood' was released in July, reaching number 18 and gaining them their first top 20 hit. Their debut album 'The Back Room' was released in July and reached an impressive number 13 in its first week on the charts, selling 17,627 copies. Although the best was still to come..

After re-releasing 'Bullets' in September, which reached number 27, they were everywhere! 'The Back Room' posters were everywhere, in most tube stations in London you couldn't miss them. Adverts for 'The Back Room' would appear frequently on TV. They also gained a high profile support slot, supporting 'Franz Ferdinand' in Arenas across the UK and Europe. So when Munich was released in January 2006, it became a top ten hit, reaching number 10 and selling one and a half thousand copies more than last time it was released.

 This pushed 'The Back Room' back up the charts and in the same month 'Munich' was released, it climbed up to number 2 in the charts selling almost 40,000 copies. They have since finished successful European and American tours, re-released 'Blood' which entered the UK charts at 39, pushing 'The Back Room' up the chart 45 places.

In June 2007 they released their second album 'An End Has A Start' which went straight into the UK charts at number 1, selling an impressive 59,405 in its first week. Prior to this they released the first single from the album, 'Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors' earning them their first top 10, going into the charts at number 7. They are currently touring the world.

This pushed 'The Back Room' back up the charts and in the same month 'Munich' was released, it climbed up to number 2 in the charts selling almost 40,000 copies. They have since finished successful European and American tours, re-released 'Blood' which entered the UK charts at 39, pushing 'The Back Room' up the chart 45 places.

This pushed 'The Back Room' back up the charts and in the same month 'Munich' was released, it climbed up to number 2 in the charts selling almost 40,000 copies. They have since finished successful European and American tours, re-released 'Blood' which entered the UK charts at 39, pushing 'The Back Room' up the chart 45 places.

In June 2007 they released their second album 'An End Has A Start' which went straight into the UK charts at number 1, selling an impressive 59,405 in its first week. Prior to this they released the first single from the album, 'Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors' earning them their first top 10, going into the charts at number 7. They played a big slot at the Glastonbury Festival to coincide with the release of the album, they played support to the headline band on the Other Stage. The next single to be released from 'An End Has A Start' was the title track which reached number 27 in the UK Charts. A couple of months later 'The Racing Rats' was released reaching a slightly higher number 26 in the charts. They ended the year by touring Europe and in December had a break before releasing the next single. in January of 2008 'Push Your Head Towards The Air' was released. This was released as a limited edition single only and included stickers which made it ineligible to be entered into the charts. They will again play Glastonbury this year and follow this by playing support to R.E.M on their European tour. 'Bones' was released as the last single from their second album, it was a download only release, out in May.

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