Hallelujah is exciting. It’s a little bit more visceral, muscular. We like being a rock band and it felt like a great time to show that. Leo really found a great balance between our electronic side and the rock/guitar side of things. Magazine and Hallelujah both got played on Radio 1, which hadn’t happened for a while, so that was cool.
From my perspective quite an important track in guitar world on account of that massive fucking riff which tears through the song a few times..Which, in this case and in most cases was a massive happy accident. The rest of the song was coming together nicely and didn’t stray too far from where Tom had it pegged in his original demo… simple snappy beat with acoustics and quite a light vocal melody. We kept coming up blank on the chords where the riff sits now.. just throwing stuff into the void until I happened across a ludicrous patch on a synth.. after a bit of messing around and working out what the fuck the notes I was playing were, I managed to simplify it enough to work as a solid guitar riff.. Et Voila!
There’s something so satisfying about a riff dropping into place. I dont like guitars being played all the time, just for the sake of guitars…it gets tiresome and very fucking boring very fucking quickly… I just think the older you get the more you find the right spot for guitars to go. Which in this song is the big dirty fucking riff.
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.
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