The magnificent Editors are back with a new video for ‘Hallelujah (So Low) off their forthcoming album and tour. ‘Hallelujah (So Low) is on first blush a surprisingly jaunty upbeat number, starting subdued but then blasting away with a guitar heavy robust spine and the distinctive vocals. It feels like a progression from the quasi-Joy Division beginnings – a combination of the dark, gothic Editors with an eye on the dance floor and pop charts. There is a degree of musical complexity and subtlety that augurs well for the album:

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Singer, Tom Scott says of the single: ‘I wrote the words to ‘Hallelujah (So Low)’ when I got back from a trip with Oxfam, visiting refugee camps in Northern Greece. It was obviously an incredibly moving trip, seeing people living in dust, surviving only on the help of others was very moving. Musically the track hung on the relationship between the acoustic guitar and the drum machine, that was part of the track from my demo, it had something special very early on…then when Justin came up with his outrageous guitar riff we knew we had a winner. It’s the most “rock” we’ve ever been and it’s exhilarating. I think the video attempts to capture this intensity, both in the track and in us as a live band.’

The Editors new album is entitled ‘Violence’ and is due out on 9 March. We will be reviewing this on Backseat Mafia so stay tuned. You can preorder the album here.

Editors are supporting the Cure for their 40th anniversary gig (sold out) but in the meantime, you can catch them on an extensive European and US tour:

March
Sun, 4 UK, Birmingham, Town Hall
Mon, 5 UK, Manchester, Cathedral
Tues, 6 UK, London, The Clapham Grand
Fri, 16 France, Lille, Condition Publiques – sold out
Sat, 17 Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis – sold out
Sun, 18 Germany, Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Tue, 20 France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed, 21 Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Den Atelier
Fri, 23 France, Paris, Olympia
Sat, 24 Germany, Munster, Jovel
Sun, 25 Germany, Cologne, Palladium
Tue, 27 Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome – sold out
Wed, 28 Denmark, Copenhagen, Vega
Thu, 29 Sweden, Stockholm, Berns
Sat, 31 Germany, Hamburg, Mehr Theater

April
Sun, 1 Germany, Berlin, Tempodrom – sold out
Mon, 2 Germany, Leipzig, Aunsee
Wed, 4 Poland, Warsaw, Progresja Music Zone – sold out
Thu, 5 Poland, Krakow, Club Studio – sold out
Fri, 6 Czech Republic, Prague, Meetfactory – sold out
Mon, 16 Hungary, Budapest, Akvarium Klub
Tue, 17 Croatia, Zagreb, Culture Factory
Wed, 18 Austria, Vienna, Gasometer
Fri, 20 Germany, Munich, Tonhalle
Mon, 21 Switzerland, Zurich, Komplex 457
Sun, 22 Italy, Milan, Live Forum
Tue, 24 Switzerland, Lausanne, Les Docks
Wed, 25 France, Lyon (Villeurbanne), Transbordeur
Thu, 26 Spain, Barcelona, Razzmatazz
Sat, 28 Spain, La Coruna, Sala Pelicano
Sun, 29 Spain, Madrid, La Riviera – sold out

May
Tues 8 U.S. Seattle, WA, Neumos
Weds 9 U.S. Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Fri 11 U.S. San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Sat 12 U.S. Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Sun 13 U.S. Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Ballroom
Tues 15 U.S. New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Weds 16 U.S. Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Thurs 17 U.S. Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sun, 27 UK, Manchester, Neighbourhood Weekender – sold out

June
Sun, 17 Netherlands, Pinkpop
Sat, 23 Greece, Ejekt Festival
Sat, 30 Denmark, Tinderbox Festival

July
Sat, 7 UK, London, British Summer Time @ Hyde Park – sold out
Sat, 14 Werchter Classic, Belgium
19 -22, Germany, Deichbrand Festival
Fri, 27 Germany, Stimmen Festival
Sat, 28 Germany, Juicy Beats Festival

August
Sat, 4 Germany, A Summers Tale Festival
17 – 19 Germany, Highfield Festival