Editors’ Tom Smith Teases New ‘Scheming’ Project With Blanck Mass

What are Tom Smith, Editors, and/or Smith & Burrows cooking up now? Editors just put out their first greatest hits compilation – Black Gold: Best Of Editors – last October. It followed their May 2019 release of The Blanck Mass Sessions, itself an alternate version of their last studio album, Violence. Now, frontman Tom Smith has regrouped with Andy Burrows to record their long-awaited second Smith & Burrows album. They made it with produce Jacquire King last summer, and will be releasing it really soon. But now, Tom Smith is “scheming” about and teasing something else, and it seems to involve Blanck Mass. Yes, the same man who first worked on their Violence songs.

So what are Tom and Blanck Mass up to? Does it involve Editors and their upcoming 7th studio album? Is it related to the forthcoming Smith & Burrows record? Or is it just between Blanck Mass and Tom? We have a lot of questions and curiosity around this, but not a lot of answers yet!

(And don’t worry: the picture Tom shared isn’t too recent, what with coronavirus and the importance of social distancing right now. Editors guitarist Justin Lockey first shared it a few weeks ago, though without the scheming comment.)

Check out Tom’s “scheming” Insta story below. We’ve rotated it so you can see the picture more clearly.

Tom Smith and Blanck Mass - Scheming - 3.25.2020


ViolenceThe Blanck Mass Sessions, and Black Gold 

Early in 2018, Editors released their 6th album, Violence. After extensive touring and four singles – “Magazine,” “Hallelujah (So Low),” “Darkness At The Door,” and “Cold” – the band shared an alternate version of the album with The Blanck Mass Sessions, made up of earlier versions of the Violence songs first produced by Blanck Mass.  The album, released last May, also featured their previously unreleased Violence song, “Barricades.”

Editors shared their first greatest hits album, Black Gold: Best Of Editors, last fall. Along with 13 beloved songs, it also features three new singles: “Frankenstein,” “Black Gold,” and “Upside Down.”

You can stream or purchase it from all the major music providers here. Be sure to check out the deluxe edition, which features a bonus disc of 8 new acoustic recordings of beloved album tracks.

Additionally, every order of Black Gold: Best Of Editors on vinyl or CD from Editors’ official site comes with a bonus 8-track The Snowfield Demos CD. The Snowfield Demos is an extremely rare recording from 2003, before Editors were even called Editors. (Indeed, they went by Snowfield when they made that EP.)

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Smith & Burrows

In addition to Editors, frontman Tom Smith has also down a couple of recent collaborations with UNKLE: “The Other Side” and “Crucifixion / A Prophet,” released in winter 2018/2019.

Moreover, he and Andy Burrows have resurrected Smith & Burrows. They recorded their long-overdue second album last summer in Nashville, working with producer Jacquire King. They debuted “All The Best Moves” live late in 2018 and previewed some lyrics last year. Now they’re getting ready to finally release the album… soon.


Feel free to speculate about what Tom Smith and Blanck Mass are scheming. A new song? A full album? Let us know your theories and hopes! And beyond that, stay tuned for more info on the upcoming Smith & Burrows album. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.

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