Single Review: Editors – A Ton of Love

By on Thursday, 16th May 2013 at 12:00 pm

Last week, Birmingham-based rockers Editors released their new single, ‘A Ton of Love’, just over a year after announcing guitarist Chris Urbanowicz’s split from the band.  Judging from the sound of this first single, Urbanowicz’s departure has cemented Editors’ digression from fundamentally guitar-based indie rock.  New band members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams have not only filled the gap left by Urbanowicz, but have allowed Editors to expand the dimensions of their sound.  While the obvious U2 similarity can’t be ignored—this track hinges on an anthemic chorus of “Desire”—it’s a flattering comparison for Editors, and one that is certain to inspire some discussion among fans and casual listeners alike. 
The entire song consists of a series of tersely poignant phrases only vaguely linked together by the irresistibly singable chorus, ‘Taken by force / Twisted fate / Well, what weighs more / down on your plate? / A Ton of Love  / A Ton of Hate…’.  While not exactly unique, the lyrics are full of emotional angst, especially in combination with Tom Smith’s sultry vocal delivery.  His singing is bolstered by an intense bass groove and a stinging guitar line.  If the song lacks in lyrical interest, it makes up for that in music that lifts the heart and moves the hips.  It could prove to be an immense favorite on Editors’ summer festival run (dates here– )
Editors’ new album, ‘The Weight of Your Love’, will be released on 1 July via Play It Again Sam.  ‘A Ton of Love’ is available now via iTunes.

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