Birmingham, England, UK
Thomas SmithChris UrbanowiczRussell LeetchEdward Lay
Editors (never The Editors) are a British indie rock band from Birmingham, England, who met at Staffordshire University , comprised of Tom Smith (lyricist/vocalist/guitarist), Chris Urbanowicz (guitarist), Russ Leetch (bass guitarist) and Ed Lay (drummer). Their brand of epic, sweeping indie rock is frequently compared to other purveyors of such, including Joy Division, The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, Kitchens of Distinction, The Chameleons, and Interpol. However, the band is considered to have achieved their own unique identity which differentiates them from these comparisons.
The band were not always known by their current name, but were known as (The) Pride, before they changed the line-up and became known as Snowfield, becoming a popular unsigned band. They remained with this name until they signed with Kitchenware Records in September 2004.
The band's debut single "Bullets" was released as a limited edition of 500 on Kitchenware Records on January 24, 2005; it quickly gained support from radio stations such as Xfm and 6 Music. As other singles were released their popularity and fanbase grew larger.
Their debut album The Back Room was released on 25 July 2005, to critical acclaim.