Hidden track paves way for new Editors album and tour

NEW DATES ... Editors are returning to Newcastle in October.
NEW DATES ... Editors are returning to Newcastle in October.
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ALT-ROCK band Editors are getting ready to release album No 5, and they’re also gearing up to play it live – including a North-East date.

The album, yet to be given a title or track listing, was recorded in the Scottish Highlands earlier this year and is now being mixed with a view to an autumn release.

It will be accompanied by a European tour including a date at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Tuesday, October 20.

It is one of eight English shows, starting at Bristol the week before and ending in Manchester two days after their North-East show.

Tickets, priced £20, go on sale at 9am tomorrow from (08444) 772000.

The forthcoming album is the first to be produced by the band themselves, with help from Alan Moulder on mixing duties.

One song from the sessions, No Harm, has already been released as a hidden track on a sampler CD just released by their label, London’s Play It Again Sam Recordings, alongside songs by Lord Huron, Ghostpoet and Enter Shikari.

The song is also available as a free download from the band’s website, www.editorsofficial.com.

Other songs in contention to make it onto the album include Harm, Forgiveness, Life is a Fear, Marching Orders, The Law and Ocean of Night.

The band, formed in Staffordshire in 2004, will be bringing the same line-up to the Academy as last time round – frontman Tom Smith, Newcastle’s Justin Lockey on guitar, Elliot Williams on keyboards, Russell Leetch on bass and Ed Lay on drums.

Their last visit to the venue was in November 2013 to promote their fourth album, The Weight of Your Love.

It reached No 6, giving them their fourth top 10 hit on the trot, following their 2005 debut, The Back Room, a No 2, and 2007’s An End Has a Start and 2009’s In This Light and on This Evening, both chart-toppers.

Editors, formerly signed to newcastle’s Kitchenware Records, have now sold more than two million albums worldwide.

They have also have notched up eight top 30 singles, the most successful being Munich, a No 22 in 2005 and a No 10 the year after, and Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors, a No 7 in 2007.