During the making of their fourth album, Editors’ original guitarist left the band. Frontman Tom Smith talks to Andy Welch about the upheaval and resulting album The Weight Of Your Love.
It’s been four years since Editors released their third album, In This Light On This Evening.
Since then, they’ve performed for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, but then seemed to vanish.
They might have returned sooner, if not for some personnel changes along the way which took them some time to sort out. After a traumatic period, original guitarist Chris Urbanowicz left the band, or rather was asked to leave.
“We did about a year, 18 months of rehearsing and recording,” says frontman Tom Smith. “Things were OK in the band; we had some songs that we were kicking around and we were quite pleased with the recordings.”
Then, after living with the songs for a few weeks, it transpired they weren’t actually good enough. They went back to the studio, recorded some more, and the same thing happened.
“For the first time in the band’s history, we didn’t like what we were writing,” explains Smith. “There was no excitement, nothing. After that, back in the rehearsal room, things got really dark.
“We didn’t fight or anything, but communication totally broke down, we all stopped talking, and we realised collectively we wanted to go on without Chris.”
He says it came as a huge shock and a surprise to Urbanowicz, and realising that they’d come to the end of what they could achieve together was a hard fact to accept.
“Chris had a narrow frame of what he wanted to do, and that’s fine when you all want similar things, but when you want to change things up, it’s not good enough. It was like breaking up with a girlfriend, and it’s scary realising that it won’t work anymore.”