Editors have shared their video for ‘Magazine’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming new album, ‘Violence’.
The Birmingham band last released a record in 2015 with ‘In Dream’. It reached Number Five in the Official UK Albums Chart, and featured singles including ‘No Harm’, ‘Marching Orders’, and ‘Life Is A Fear’.
‘Magazine’ was debuted on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio Two show on Monday night (January 15) and premiere its video today via NME.
The band have described the song as “a pointed finger aimed at those in power… some corrupt politician or businessman… a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry.”
Its clip was shot in Amsterdam by famed photographer, director and long-term Editors collaborator Rahi Rezvani. Watch below.
Speaking to Jo Whiley of their new album, which will be released on March 9 via PIAS, frontman Tom Smith said: “We had a lot of help from a guy called Blanck Mass, who makes very brutal electronic music. So when it’s electronic, it’s very electronic. But then when it’s guitar-y, it’s very band driven. I think we’ve managed to find the balance of those two things better than we have done before.
“Over the years, we’ve gone from backwards between more band-orientated sounding records and more electronic records. I think there’s a balance here between melody and brutality that I don’t think we’ve managed to get before.”
He added of the album’s content: “There’s a thread on a lot of these songs – the need for human connection or coming together as people; an intimacy, with a loved one or a friend, as an escape from the outside world.”
See the album’s tracklist and artwork below.
2. ‘Hallelujah (So Low)’
4. ‘Darkness At The Door’
7. ‘No Sound But the Wind’
8. ‘Counting Spooks’
Editors will also play three intimate album launch shows in venues they’ve never performed at before. The dates include shows in Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Thursday (January 18) at 9am, with general sale tickets following on Friday (January 19) at 9am. Pre-sales are available to fans that pre-order the band’s album through their official website.
Editors will play the following dates:
March 4 – Birmingham, Town Hall
March 5 – Manchester, Cathedral
March 6 – London, The Clapham Grand
Earlier this year, the band were confirmed to be supporting The Cure at their 40th anniversary show in London’s Hyde Park.
The gig marks 40 years since the release of The Cure’s debut single, and takes place on July 7. Other bands featured on the line-up include Interpol, Goldfrapp, Ride, and Slowdive, the latter of which appeared on Editors’ last album.