Monday, 1 January 2024

The Archive Index

"Keep close to me, now. I'll be your guide..."

In an attempt to make the Archive a little bit easier to navigate, I've been working on a contents page that contains all the links you'll need to investigate the blog. The default search facility here has always been a little bit unappealing, and so this lays everything out in a more linear fashion. It should, at least in theory anyway, make it easier for you to find stuff.

So what is the Archive? It's everything that I have ferociously and often indiscriminately collected by Editors since I became a fan in 2006. There's no officially released material here as it's not my intention to take money out of anybody's pocket. What it does contain are live shows, interviews, television appearances and some other memorabilia that isn't quite as easy to categorise (Editors condom tin, anyone?). The whole idea in setting this blog up was to assemble everything in one place so that Editors fans would be able to delve into the band's history, as well as catching up with their current activities.

I should point out that what you'll see is still incomplete, because I've had to start at the beginning and locate and replace any dead links as I go owing to some cyber-disasters. Additionally, I recently decided to make as much as possible available in streaming form, so that fans aren't physically tied to downloading. At the time of writing there are well over 750 posts, so as you might imagine there's more than a few wayward pages. It's taken me just over a year so far but, in true existential fashion, I'm much nearer to the end than I was.

Whether you've been an Editors fan for a while or you've only just discovered them, welcome. I'm glad you're here. Have a look around and take whatever you want, support the band and most importantly of all enjoy the music ;)

The Archive - Table of Contents

Miscellaneous
Editors Oddities
Editors Instagram
Editors in 2003 (as Snowfield)
Editors in 2005
Editors in 2006
Editors in 2007
Editors in 2008
Editors in 2009
Editors in 2010
Editors in 2011
Editors in 2012
Editors in 2013
Editors in 2014
Editors in 2015
Editors in 2016
Editors in 2017
Editors in 2018
Editors in 2019

The Lemming Archive (main blog)
The Archive on Twitter (for updates and news)
The Archive on YouTube (for all hosted videos)

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Gurten Festival 20th July 2019 (audio)

Here's the full audio of last night's show at Gurtenfestival courtesy of long time friend to the Archive, HomeatBerlin. Many thanks to you for sharing ;)

The stream for the gig was geo-blocked, which at this time in human history where the internet is actually bringing people of different cultures together, seems to be a little regressive. I confess that my knowledge of music rights is still at a developmental stage (just ask Merlin), but it is so frustrating to know that something like this is happening and you're excluded from the event because of where you live.

Using proxies to view and grab the live broadcast meant that the stream was a little bit laggy. The audio drifted hopelessly out of sync at so many points that it became impossible to fix, and so I had to abandon it. I'm not giving up on it completely, just setting it to one side so I can get the material out there in audio form. I'd also add that it pains me not to have the video because I feel like I've not only done the fans a disservice, but also the band. Hi everybody, I'm Airborne Lemming. I take this bootlegging life very, very seriously...

I should point out that I uploaded the recording to YouTube first so you could stream it and, as if by magic, it was instantly blocked worldwide. So instead we're going Old Skool on this and doing the whole thing as downloadable MP3s. 

This is almost the last chance to dance to the VI OLENCE campaign, with it being the penultimate date at the end of a very long and winding promotional road. For the first time, I feel like two things happened. This recording allowed us to appreciate more of the musical intricacies of Frankenstein, but I feel like the first thing that we heard was the band coming to terms with what they've got here and embracing it fully. Even from the earliest live renditions, and over a fairly short space of time you can hear the change in confidence. 

Frankenstein has grown (and shrunk slightly, but more of that in a bit) to be something they initially introduced with a "erm...we've got this new thing for you all to try" attitude, to a more "we made you wait, and now it's here!" approach.  It's summed up perfectly when Tom says "OK" just before the run up to the second chorus, like he's aware he's setting something up. And of course he is. 

There's more crowd baiting in the same style as Papillon, and they've trimmed the ending down to ensure that it's a sleeker beast than ever before. That couple with the second factor, some real crowd participation when they play it, means that as strange as this sounds Frankenstein feels like it's finally become an Editors song. Enjoy the music ;)

The Setlist
Violence - download here
Papillon - download here
Munich - download here
Blood - download here
Hallelujah (So Low) - download here
Barricades - download here
An End Has a Start - download here
Darkness at the Door - download here
All Sparks - download here
Magazine - download here
Sugar - download here
A Ton of Love - download here
Ocean of Night - download here
Smokers - download here
Racing Rats - download here
Frankenstein - download here

Full set as a single MP3
download here

Until we have more...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Cold Live at Home Festival 12th July 2019 (IPK recording)

From her usual position at the front of the crowd, this is Mari's recording of Cold being played acoustically at Home Festival in Venice, 12th July 2019. It begins as quietly as you would expect it to, given that it's just a singer and a guitar but once Elliott gets involved you can see an immediate increase in intensity. In the past Editors have used multiple instruments and layering of sound to build tension and drama, in songs like Camera or Ocean of Night for example. Here, they're able to do it with two instruments, two vocalist and a large unpaid but hyper-enthusiastic set of backing singers.

The Italians always show up for Editors, and they're usually in fine voice. There was no deviation from the norm here, with the audience participating fully in the chorus as they're baited by Mr Williams. 

Sad to think that there are only 2 dates left to be played after this and then... who knows? There's a celebratory atmosphere to this because this really does feel like the natural end of the VI OLENCE campaign. What a trip it's been. Enjoy ;)

Visit the Italian Pop Kids

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Main Square Festival 7th July 2019

**UPDATE 8th July 2019 - Culture Box have uploaded their own version of the show on their YouTube profile and it easlily beats any that were available prior to that in terms of its picture quality. The original stream last night really wasn't that great, but this is much clearer. I'm not so utterly attached to my own ego that I can't cede to a better source when it's out there, on the contrary I'm thrilled about it! Unfortunately, I still won't be able to archive it over at YouTube (thanks again Merlin), but you should definitley check out Culture Box's footage using the link included here.

This is a slightly shorter setlist than the previous one at Down the Rabbit Hole, as Editors were only given an hour to do their thing. Sometimes though, that's all the time you need. It is my assertion that some of the folks that doubted if Barricades had the power to affect, or believed that Frankenstein was a terrible choice of musical direction may have had cause to reconsider during the last few shows. It's why you should always treat any studio material by the band as a source of guidance for what you'll experience when you see them live. The two entities are not the same, and I think with only an hour of time at Main Square they reiterated that point again.

Before I go, and for the record, Justin is still missed. I say that with the utmost respect for Nic who I think is an amazing musician, and whom I love seeing play. I just wanted to reaffirm that Mr Lockey hasn't been forgotten. I hope you're doing OK, Sir.

Enjoy the music ;) 

Culture Box broadcast
stream it here

MP3s
Violence - download here
Papillon - download here
Munich - download here
Hallelujah (So Low) - download here
Barricades - download here
An End Has a Start - download here
Blood - download here
Ocean of Night - download here
Magazine - download here
Sugar - download here
No Harm - download here
A Ton of Love - download here
Smokers - download here
Racing Rats - download here
Frankenstein - download here

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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Down the Rabbit Hole 5th July 2019

**UPDATE 10th July 2019 - As promised, there's now a download link for the full and complete performance by Editors at Down the Rabbit Hole 2019. I should warn you that it's a massive file, reflected by the fact that on my crappy standard internet connection it took about 11 hours to upload. Yes, I really do devote that much of my time to this band. Until we all live in a world where those who enforce copyright laws are able to discern between genuine music fans and those who seek to rip bands off, I'll keep trying to come up with ways to get the music into your lives.After all, I know how important it is. Enjoy ;)  

Editors really did roll over the audience at Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, 5th July 2019, and as well as some memorable music there were some surprises too. Nic Willes is still a fully operational Editor, and I'm glad that he was there for this one because not only did he contribute to a great show, he also got some screen time on a professionally shot film. I always chuckle to myself whenever I see him playing because I remember in a post TWOYL interview that the band jokingly remarked that now Chris was gone, nobody in the group had tattoos. Mr Willes has artfully spoiled that claim. Speaking of Chris, there's another flash of the dark, dark humour that permeates Editors when they're being interviewed at the start of this video. Be warned.

They moved Papillon to the front of the line, preferring instead to close out the evening with Frankenstein. Good call. Although it's still in the early stages of its development as a live attraction I maintain that this really has a lot of potential. The fact that they made it the last note before they left the stage suggests that they agree. There was also no repeat of the first verse during the handclap section of Hallelujah (So Low), with the emphasis instead being shifted to crowd interaction. This was something that radiated throughout the set, and as I said in an earlier post I thought that was the reason the Killers did so well at Glastonbury this year. They didn't just show up and play. They made it all about that connection between themselves and the crowd. If you watch closely you can see semi-permanent smiles on the faces of all 5 Editors throughout, and they really did look like they had a great time. 

The biggest and most welcome surprise for me was the figure with the camera stalking the band from the back of the stage. It took a little while to get a clear look at him, but it seems that Mr Rahi Rezvani is still a part of all this. This is brilliant news. Enjoy the music ;)

Full video
download here

Barricades - stream it here
Cold (acoustic) - stream it here *new*
Frankenstein - stream it here


MP3s
Violence - download here
Papillon - download here
Munich - download here
Hallelujah (So Low) - download here
Barricades - download here
An End Has a Start - download here
Darkness at the Door - download here
All Sparks - download here
Blood - download here
Cold (Acoustic) - download here
Ocean of Night - download here
Magazine - download here
Sugar - download here
No Harm - download here
A Ton of Love - download here
Smokers - download here
Racing Rats - download here
Frankenstein - download here

Bonus Materials - Interviews
Tom and Russell Interviewed Backstage
Here's Tom and Russell probably pondering their place in the universe under the weight of some slightly odd questioning. Who would have thought that asking two grown men about their "intimate space" could prove to be this awkward? Enjoy the feeling of wincing uncontrollably as your toes curl in on themselves ;)

stream it here

Ed and Elliott Interviewed by KinkFM
Ahead of their slot at Down the Rabbit Hole 5th July 2019, here's Ed and Elliott being interviewed backstage. It's only 3 minutes long but thanks to a brief slip of the tongue by Ed, we may have just had some very interesting information released (albeit completely unintentionally!). Proof that if you're gently persistent as a journalist, sometimes you occasionally strike black gold.  Enjoy ;)


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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Editors Instagram - June 2019

June commenced with a live show, this time at Medimex on the 7th but the unavoidable story for this month was the unveiling of a new Editors song. On the 11th came the news that this mysterious new recording would be released at the end of the week. There was a picture of a couple in a combative stance near a swimming pool and the description read:-

"A song for the freaks, a song of joy and escapism, a cartoon song for the different and for the night.

New music on Friday."
With a single word clue they pretty much revealed what the song would be, mostly to those of who have been repeatedly listening to the live versions we've had lately. "Freaks", from the line "Where the freaks get high on sorrow". Given what we knew from the live shows recently, it had to be Frankenstein. The thick cloak of secrecy was further removed by Elliott who revealed all in his own Instagram post of the self same poolside image, only his picture had this in the tag:-

"Franky Friday"

Case closed, expectation building. 

On the 12th there was a 6 second video released which acted as a teaser for the Frankenstein promotional film. In terms of what it conveyed, it was a mixture of elements. To those that hadn't already heard it revealed that the band were doing their electronic thing again, only this time they were fully immersed having seemingly almost left their guitars at home. They're in there, but they're dwarfed beneath processed beats. Secondly, the image of somebody marching through the night with what appeared to be a body on his shoulder raised an interesting question; what the hell was all of this about? It took a week before we had answers and even then, it was not without some weirdness.

The band played Firenze on the 16th June, and although we don't have a recording of the gig we did get an interview with Tom and Russell.    

On the 19th of June the video for Frankenstein was finally released! Yay! After a few hours it was withdrawn from the internet entirely! Huh? Then on the 20th June the video for Frankenstein was finally released again! Yay! This was the exact timeline of events over that 24 hour period. Perhaps it was a test posting that went a little too public a little too early for the label's promotional schedule? It was actually on the band's official website on the 19th, but unlisted on YouTube itself if you searched for it. I remember remarking to someone online that it seemed weird that this was happening, and then about an hour later it was gone completely.  

Whatever the reasoning, it finally found its place on YouTube and it was then time to deconstruct and pull apart the details. The first thing I noticed were the Stanley Kubrick references. The large lettering of the title scenes, the wide open spaces and positioning of the subjects at the middle bottom of the screen, the message on the cereal box (a reference to executive producer Luke Tierney?). It looks beautiful. Mihail Makarov (aka Misha) is perfect for this role. Not only does he possess the physicality to bust out some moves when required, he has that suitably creepy look of a guy that's about to reanimate a decomposing pop star. I mean that with the utmost respect, but he does look like he'd be able to do you unspeakable damage with sharp instruments while laughing about it. Speaking of the plot.

Oh dear.

Proof again that however much they may want to fly with the eagles of fluffy pop music, Editors can usually find a way to clip their own wings. Write a mainstream pop tune and then align it to some visuals that contain corpse-bothering, suspects being beaten in the street and dancing. Lots of gleeful dancing. If you haven't seen the video yet (something I highly doubt if you're visiting this blog), go check it out and imagine pitching that story idea to the head of a major record label. Good luck. Editors gonna be Editors. It's good that they have the freedom to do this, as I would think that a lot of artists in the music industry would never be afforded that much room to express themselves. Particularly if they were solely on a major.

The song still has that divisive quality and looking at the comments section of the video, it's still apparent that people are upset at the musical direction Editors took here. As I've mentioned before, that's fine. Everyone is going to hear these things differently and everything depends on what we're bringing to it. Personal taste is a powerful thing. Me? I love it. Misha is convincing as hell as a guy that just needed some dancing in his life to go back to appreciating bus rides and breakfast cereal. Samantha Bantua Dodoo has got some rhythmic skills of her own, and manages what is probably a very accurate portrayal of a rotting Beyonce (sorry, Baeonse). Plus, Frankenstein is just a really good tune. In my opinion.

Being the kind of person I am, mightily obsessed with details, I was curious to know if any of the links in the scene where Mihail is researching reanimating his Baeonse were legitimate. Turns out...they all are.

How To Make Potion To Bring Someone Back From The Dead
HOW TO BRING DEAD LOVED ONES BACK TO LIFE!!! (REALLY WORKS)
Can These Scientists Bring Dead People Back to Life?
Is It Possible to Bring Someone Back From the Dead?

It shouldn't need to be said, but I will anyway. Not all of these techniques are going to make you into Herbert West over night (at least one is outright fraudulent and irritatingly odd right from the beginning). If Misha had gone ahead and used any of them he'd be absolutely no nearer to dancing with Baeonse. That stuff just doesn't work. Still, isn't it funny/appalling to think that these weren't just made up for the film?

One thing that does concern me is the question of what the use of Gregory Ohrel's services for this film means for Editors' ongoing relationship with Rahi? Two Editors videos and Mr Rezvani had no hand in either. Is this the end of that era? We'll have to accept it if it is, after all it's not our call, but I won't necessarily be flying flags and waving colourful banners about it.

June ended with a gig that has flown almost completely under the radar at La Nuit de l'Erdre, for whatever reason. I think it may be down to most of the festival coverage in the media going Glastonbury's way. Weren't The Cure awesome? And Brandon Flowers singing This Charming Man with Johhny Marr on guitar? Forget about it.

Before I go, there was some potential news breaking as I was getting this post ready to publish. On the 1st July HiddenJams uncovered some very interesting documentation. They noted that on The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers official website, three new entries from Editors had shown up. They are Frankenstein, Black Gold and Upside Down. We know that there were three songs created during the Jacknife Lee sessions recently, and we already have one of them. These titles may be the other two. The "Black Gold" mystery has been going on for months now, as well as the origins of this set of lyrics which surfaced in February:-

"I know you better than you know yourself."

If you thought that was the most intriguing part of all of this, how about this snapshot from the ASCAP site:-
Andy Burrows has made an appearance as a writer on an Editors track. Not a Smith and Burrows tune, but an Editors song. This means that the band has continued evolving with outside influences being cited as direct contributors to the song construction, rather than as simply producers or engineers. On VI OLENCE Blanck Mass got a songwriting credit and now Mr Burrows has one.

The longer this goes on the more fluid everybody's roles seem to be, and the more it feels almost like Editors is becoming a collective rather than a band with fixed boundaries that can never be crossed. People can come and go without having to feel that clawing feeling of eternal obligation. It's been that way ever since Justin and Elliott came on board, with each of them going out to do their own things and Nic Willes stepping in from time to time. In fact, it goes back as far as Tom playing with Andy Burrows when Editors Mk 1 was imploding or further still when Chris played onstage with We Are Scientists at Reading in 2008. The consistent feature is freedom, and that will be the thing that keeps them going and probably has enabled them to continue this long in the first place.

Enjoy the stuff ;)

Editors Instagram June 2019
download here or download here


For all of Editors' previous Instagram posts, go here.

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Tom plays Cold on Instagram 1st July 2019

Another private performance, made public and procured for posterity at the Archive. Here's Tom using picture filters to adopt the visual style of the Norwegian God that is Morten Harket in the Take on Me video. Kinda. This time around, however, there's no sparkly 80's soundtrack or creepy racing dudes chasing down our hero with spanners and whatnot. No, what you get is an out of the blue and totally off the cuff run through of Cold by Mr Smith, purely because he felt like it. 

This is one of the benefits of social media; whenever someone you're a fan of feels like picking up a guitar and bashing out a tune, this is result.  Love, love, love it. It's a fun time to be obsessed with music ;)
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