Editors Prepare For U.S. Invasion

Although buzz continues to build for U.K. rock act Editors' debut album, "The Back Room," a firm release date for the set has yet to be confirmed.

Although buzz continues to build for U.K. rock act Editors' debut album, "The Back Room," a firm release date for the set has yet to be confirmed. For now, the Fader label will only say the album will be issued this spring; it arrived last August in the band's native England via Kitchenware Records.

Editors opted to eschew signing with a major-label after deciding that Kitchenware "seemed the most genuine. Their vision was most in tune with ours. They were interested in our desire to establish a career and they seemed as passionate about our music as we are,” lead singer Tom Smith explains to Billboard.com.

"The Back Room" was recorded in just three-and-a-half weeks at the Chapel in Lincolnshire, a town that, besides the small studio, is home to little more than "a pub and about two houses," according to Smith. "I think they sent us there to immerse ourselves in the music and concentrate. There were no distractions."

The group has drawn frequent comparisons to 1980s mood rockers Echo & the Bunnymen and Joy Division, along with contemporaries such as Interpol. But Smith doesn't cite them as their primary influences. "[Joy Division singer] Ian Curtis was dead before I was even born," he says. "We were listening to [Blur's] 'Parklife,' Radiohead, Spiritualized, and [Oasis'] 'Definitely Maybe.' So the music we make has just come out, so to say."

The quartet met at Stafford University's music technology program and had aspirations of creating music from the beginning. "No offense, but we weren't geeky or talented enough [for the curriculum]," Smith says. "We just wanted to meet like-minded people to start a band and that course work seemed most logical. We were really bad at it -- and that's why we'll pay thousands of pounds for a producer."

Editors are in the midst of a short U.S. promotional tour that includes two sold-out shows in New York tonight (Jan. 20) and tomorrow. "Playing live is on of our strongest points, for sure," Smith says. "We love provoking and seeing the reaction in an audience to our music, as we are very passionate about it."

After a February European trek, the group will return stateside in March for a longer North American run that will include a performance at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.