Mon 15th October 2018
Ulster Hall, Belfast
Tickets go on sale now – buy yours here.
When describing Editors’ sixth album, Tom Smith keeps journeying back to the same word: “brutal”. It’s an apt descriptor for Violence, both in the record’s aggressive title and its all-enveloping, assertive sound. But on this follow-up to 2015’s stunning, top 5-charting In Dream, brutality doesn’t just exist as a one dimensional, juggernaut-like force. Violence isn’t brutal for the sake of it, and it’s rarely the enforcer. Instead, it acts as a haven, a protective shell against the often relentless brutality of the outside world.
In 2018, almost everyone is seeking some kind of escape – from ultra-consumerist culture, from tyrannical power-holders, from the endless swarm of grim headlines popping up as anxiety-inducing notifications. When Editors first started writing Violence towards the end of summer 2016, they didn’t intend to reflect today’s troubled times or create some kind of sanctuary from the world outside. Nor do the band view this album as some direct antidote to current events. This isn’t an overtly political record and it shouldn’t be perceived as such.
That’s not to say Violence is all major keys and warm embraces. It prefers to be ferocious, in-your-face and direct, with equal emphasis on invention. It’s the sound of studio-heads honing their craft. Six albums in – three with former guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, three as the current five-piece – they sound more comfortable in their skin than ever. And whereas the self-produced In Dream saw the band relying on their own devices, this time they thrive thanks to outside input: production from Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit), additional production from Benjamin John Power (aka experimental producer Blanck Mass), plus mixing from Cenzo Townshend and Alan Moulder.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, 9th March, at 9am – buy yours here.