Editors frontman Tom Smith contemplates the huge anticipation surrounding the British band's imminent sophomore set, "An End Has a Start," and shivers. "I get nervous thinking about it," he says. http://www.editorsofficial.com/ ou www.myspace.com/editorsmusic
No one else around the band seems concerned, however. Editors' debut, "The Back Room," was a slow-burn success in the United Kingdom after its bow in 2005. It's certified platinum in the U.K., with total British shipments of 450,000, according to Rob Whitaker, who co-manages the band for Zoot Music.
Whitaker says expectations for the follow-up -- released June 25 in the United Kingdom, two days after a high-profile appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, and set to bow July 17 in the United States -- are even higher.
"The shipment on the new record is Sony's biggest of the year" in the United Kingdom, he says. "They're looking at about 170,000."
That's in contrast to the steady progress of "The Back Room," which earned comparisons to gloomy post-punk bands Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, spawned several hit singles and was nominated for the 2006 Nationwide Mercury Prize.
Since its U.S. release in March 2006 via Fader/Epic, "The Back Room" has sold 47,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
First single "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors" became the band's first commercially available single June 26 in the States, with a three-track EP of album songs available via iTunes.
The next single, "An End Has a Start," will coincide with a monthlong American tour in September.
But it's another potential single, "The Weight of the World," that might prove to be the most important, as it signifies a move toward the expansive, emotive sound of Coldplay.
Smith is happy enough to be compared to the biggest U.K. band of recent years, although he was more excited that R.E.M.'s Peter Buck turned up to watch the band perform at a Seattle in-store during the last album campaign.
"It is big guitar music," Smith says of the new album. "I like Coldplay -- 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' is a great record. But if I wanted to (pick) a record that we're trying to emulate, we're trying to make our 'Automatic for the People' or our 'The Bends,"' he says, referring to albums by R.E.M. and Radiohead, respectively. "That's what we aim to do."