Editors Announce Best Of Album ‘Black Gold’

Photo Credit Nadav Kander


In continuation of what’s been one of the most prolific creative streaks of their 15-year career, Editors have today announced the release of their best of album Black Gold, out October 25th via Play It Again Sam (Gallo Record Company for SA). Black Gold will include 13 tracks from their 6 studio albums, alongside 3 brand new offerings: ‘Upside Down’, summer festival anthem ‘Frankenstein’  and the gothically dramatic title track ‘Black Gold’ – out today.

The band will also be embarking on a 27 date European and UK Greatest Hits tour in early 2020, which will see them play shows in BirminghamManchesterDublin and Glasgow, with a landmark performance at London’s SSE Arena Wembley set for Friday 28th February. Full tour schedule below.

Black Gold’s cover photograph was shot by award-winning photographer Nadav Kander and the album artwork was designed by celebrated graphic designer Tom Hingston (Massive Attack, Chemical Brothers, The Rolling Stones). The album also comes in a deluxe 2CD version, which includes a second disc of 8 stripped back recordings of tracks from the band’s catalogue titled ‘Distance: The Acoustic Recordings’.

“Conversations about a Best Of… had been going on for the past three or four years, but it never felt like the right moment,” admits frontman Tom Smith. “We were always cracking on with a new album.” But singer/guitarist/pianist Smith, Russell Leetch (bass, synths) and Ed Lay (drums, percussion) had made three albums with original guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, and three with newer members Justin Lockey (guitar) and Elliott Williams (guitars, keyboards), “so it felt like a good time to do it.”

And so they reached out again to Garrett “Jacknife” Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, REM, The Killers), the Grammy-winning producer who worked with Editors on their #1 sophomore album An End Has a Start, to produce the three new offerings that would go alongside a collection of tracks spanning 15 years, 6 studio albums and over 2.5 million album sales. Amongst the tracklist is the adrenalized, shivery blast that is ‘Munich’, top 10 indie-rock anthem, ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’, pulsing, synth-driven Belgium chart-topper ‘Papillon’ and the understated, isolated melody of ‘Ocean of Night’. Full tracklisting below.

From their Mercury Prize shortlisted debut The Back Room, to #1 debuting An End Has A Start, platinum-selling In This Light and On This Evening, sprawling, transitional The Weight of Your Love, moody, self-produced In Dream and their 6th top-10 album in a row, 2018’s explosive Violence, Editors have refused to either stay still or compromise. This is perhaps the key to their longevity. It also no doubt also owes something to a hugely dedicated fanbase, both home and abroad, which sees them regularly performing sold-out tours across the UK, Europe and further afield, as well as headlining festivals ahead of many more household names, such as 2018’s Werchter Classic Festival in Belgium, which they headlined and curated with Kraftwerk and The National supporting.

To still be doing this is something I’m very proud of,” says Smith. “These days longevity might not be seen as cool, but I think it is. We’ve solidified what this new version of the band is, and I think the new songs show that the band are hungryWe’ve always felt like outsiders but wanted to write songs that connect with people emotionally and resonate in a deeper way. That can sound pretentious and contrived, but there are people out there that our band mean a lot to. That’s what I always wanted.

Black Gold is a chance to reflect on the past 15 years, but it also offers a glimpse into a very exciting future for one of the UK’s most enduring and perhaps unexpected musical success stories of this century.

‘Black Gold’ Track Listing:

Disc 1

  1.   1. Frankenstein
  2.   2. Papillon
  3.   3. Munich
  4.   4. Sugar
  5.   5. Hallelujah (So low)
  6.   6. An End Has A Start
  7.   7. Upside Down
  8.   8. Bullets
  9.   9. Ocean Of Night
  10. 10. No Harm
  11. 11. Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
  12. 12. A Ton Of Love
  13. 13. Magazine
  14. 14. The Racing Rats
  15. 15. Black Gold
  16. 16. No Sound But The Wind

Disc 2 (Deluxe Version only)

  1. 1. Violence (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  2. 2. Walk The Fleet Road (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  3. 3. Blood (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  4. 4. Let Your Good Heart Lead You Home (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  5. 5. Smokers Outside The Hospital Door (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  6. 6. Fall (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  7. 7. Two Hearted Spider (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)
  8. 8. Distance (Distance: The Acoustic Recordings)

Deluxe Version on Apple



Thu 30 Jan: France, Paris – Salle Pleyel
Fri 31 Jan: Germany, Dusseldorf – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Sat 1 Feb: Belgium, Antwerp – Sportpaleis
Mon 3 Feb: Germany, Berlin – Velodrom
Tue 4 Feb: Poland, Krakow -Studio
Wed 5 Feb: Poland, Warsaw -Torwar
Fri 7 Feb: Austria, Vienna -Gasometer
Sat 8 Feb: Croatia, Zagreb – Dom Sportova Zagreb
Mon 10 Feb: Italy, Rome – Atlantico
Tue 11 Feb: Italy, Milan – Alcatraz
Wed 12 Feb: Italy, Milan – Alcatraz
Fri 14 Feb: Switzerland, Zurich – Komplex 457
Sat 15 Feb: Switzerland, Fribourg – Fri-Son
Mon 17 Feb: Spain, Madrid – The Box (Wizink Center) 
Tue 18 Feb: Spain, Barcelona – Razzmatazz
Thu 27 Feb: UK, Birmingham – Arena Birmingham
Fri 28 Feb: UK, London – The SSE Arena Wembley
Sat 29 Feb: UK, Manchester – O2 Apollo
Mon 2 Mar: Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street
Tue 3 Mar: UK, Glasgow – Barrowland
Fri 27 Mar: Greece, Thessaloniki – Principal Theatre 
Sat 28 Mar: Greece, Athens – Tae Kwan Do Arena 
Wed 1 Apr: Ukraine, Kiev – StereoPlaza
Fri 3 Apr: Russia, Moscow – GlavClub 
Sat 4 Apr: Russia, St. Petersburg – Morze 
Mon 22 June: Germany, Hamburg – Stadtpark 
Sat 27 June: Netherlands, The Hague – Zuiderpark
Ticket details for all shows here: editors-official.com

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