The evening before releasing Frankenstein I was quite nervous. We knew it was going to be a contentious song for our audience, we knew it was one of the more bonkers things we’d ever done. Its the most pop thing we’ve ever done but it’s also a twisted, distorted and bastardized version of modern pop. The band has always divided opinion with each release and there will always be a number of people who don’t like or don’t want us to do something different from the first two guitar-driven records which initially broke the band. The way I see things is you can either be someone’s favorite band or someone’s favorite record. My favorite artists have had long winding careers with stylistic twists, highs, lows and everything in between like The Cure or David Bowie. Some of my favorite records are snapshots that perfectly encapsulate the period in which they were made or a very particular time in my life. I’ve always wanted to be someone’s favorite band, to have fans that come on the journey with you and want you to keep pushing expectations, even if sometimes they don’t work out or you don’t like it. I don’t want my favorite bands treading water or regurgitating the same album again and again. Thats what keeps things exciting for me the unknown of what we could do next. Who knows?
There’s a gothic-ness, a full-on feeling. We like that operatic, over-the-top-ness. You watch someone like Rammstein or Muse and, done right, that stuff is fun and certainly with the chorus of Black Gold, that’s the kind of thing we were aiming for.
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.