You know there’s that train of thought that says owners
always resemble their dogs, in one way or another (and
if you’ve never seen the film ‘Best In Show’, do, soon).
Well, the same can be said for a band and their music,
right? In the case of Editors singer Tom Smith, certainly.
He is wiry, elastic, nourished but gaunt looking, and
possessing quite a tightly wound coil of confidence.
You’ve heard ‘Bullets’ and ‘Munich’? The later just
missed out on the top 20 for possessing those very qualities
and towering above those nearest competitors doing more
for increasing the royalties coming off ‘Love Will Tear
Us Apart’ than ensuring their own memory lives on. 2
singles do not a legendary band make, but a recent live
encounter revealed them to be in possession of a full
rack of taut, springy, baritone pop of sensible length
and with a twist nearly always lurking just beneath
We spoke to the aforementioned lanky frontman out on
tour to find out where his head’s at ahead of their
debut album’s summer release.
Where are you now? What can you see?
On the road from Aberdeen to Dundee. A church and a
big sign saying how god is full of surprises.
What was the last thing you ate?
Breakfast brunch, £6, from Brewers Fayre…chips with
breakfast was weird, but I got over it.
What was the next album you intend to buy?
Arcade Fire. I was speaking to someone about
it last night at the club in Aberdeen, they recommended
it. I’ve seen the video on MTV and it’s pretty awesome..
What was the last movie you saw?
Closer on our tour bus. Jude Law is annoying
and the film isn’t very good. Having said that, I liked
Clive Owen in it. There’s one really good bit where
he tells someone to fuck off and die, and it’s good,
it’s quite funny.
What are you most looking forward to?
Going to Amsterdam on my birthday. We’re playing The
London Calling Festival.
What do you hate right now?
What was the last thing you liked that you saw on
Can’t remember the last time I watched TV. Probably
something on MTV2. I liked the Clor Video.
Where or how do you feel most comfortable?
Has to be in bed…beats the floor.
What would you class as your most defining moment?
No 12 in mid week charts (for ‘Munich’)…that was pretty
The single 'Blood' will be releasedJ uly 11th 2005.
James Berry for Crud Magazine 2005©