The demo version is the version that’s on the album, we couldn’t really improve on it. That’s me sitting in my bedroom at Stafford, strumming through those chords. A lot of our music back then was slightly more glacial, inspired by bands like Elbow and The Blue Nile. Then Chris really upped his game and introduced this angular sound, and that came together magically on Bullets. We heard a whisper that Zane Lowe was going to play it on Radio1, I remember huddling round the radio in our house in King’s Heath, waiting for it. That was a magical feeling, hearing your music on the radio for the first time, hearing Zane talk about this new band from Birmingham called Editors. And after that we just toured and toured.
We were travelling back from Hull after one of our first photoshoots, listening to Zane Lowe on the radio as per usual. Unbeknown to the rest of us, Russ had texted the show to ask for the new Editors track to be played. His phone rang, he answered, went all coy and told the person on the end of the line that he couldn’t talk and hung up. He didn’t mention until we got back to Birmingham that the call was from Zane’s producer, and they wanted to get Russ live on the show to talk about his new favourite band…would have loved to have heard that!
Welcome to the Black Gold Archives. Explore the timeline as it chronicles sixteen tracks that make up the Black Gold greatest hits record and discover stories from each song. Videos, photos and memories written by the band and people who lived through every era of Editors. And, most importantly, add your own memory to the archives and let the whole world share in it. Every memory that is shared will be added to the archive. A photo of a tiny, sweaty gig in the early 2000s… A grainy video taken from your old camera phone thrust in the air while you lived out your favourite festival moment… Or maybe words. A story, a moment, a memory.
Explore the Black Gold Archive at your leisure and share in the moments that crafted Editors. And don’t forget to leave something to show the world that you were part of the journey too.