We managed to catch up with Russell Leetch, bass player for Editors, while he was preparing for their upcoming UK and European tour and got him to answer a few questions.
Good morning, how are you?
R: I'm pretty good thanks. It's a nice day here.
Where are you?
R:I'm in Birmingham, I have a house here. I'm back for a short time before tour.
You're just about to embark on a UK/European tour, but the album came out in October, what have you been doing since then?
R: We've been touring since November/December, even over new year, in the US.
How was the US?
R: Great! Good venues, and we've still got a good fanbase there.
What are you most looking forward to about the forthcoming tour?
R: We're going places we've never been before, which is weird given how long we've been touring.
Where are the new places you're going?
R: Macedonia…Croatia…places in Poland…
Do you think going to these new places is a sign that your fanbase has expanded, or is it just the first chance you've had to play for some of these fans?
R: A bit of both. We've never had the chance or the time to play these places before now.
Do you think having quite a 'serious' band name means that people have certain expectations for your music?
R: Erm…I have no idea! I don't think it matters.
So you have no concerns that there are preconceptions surrounding the Editors?
R: No care in the world!
Will you be taking touring seriously or just be having fun?
R: Both. We play a long time each night – an hour and forty minutes – we put on a show. But we'll definitely be having fun!
And finally…can you lend us a fiver?
R: What's it for?
We haven't got one.
R: Maybe not, no.