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13 September 2013

Editors drummer, Ed Lay, speaks to the matchday programme about his passion for Town and his excitement at the band's new material

Editors drummer, Ed Lay believes the future is looking bright for two of his great loves, Ipswich Town and his band.

With the Editors releasing their fourth album, ‘The Weight of your Love’, and Town looking to kick-on this season, Ed is hoping for a double celebration next year.

The drummer spoke to the matchday programme for our game against Middlesbrough and recalls how his love affair with Town started.

“I remember my dad taking me to my first game at Portman Road, it was a Tuesday night game against West Ham and I think John Lyall was their manager at the time,” explains Ed.

“I was really short as a kid (I’m not the tallest now!) And I had to take a crate with me to stand on so I could see over everybody’s heads in the old Churchman’s Stand.

“Straightaway I got soaked up in the atmosphere of the game and there’s something special about midweek games at Portman Road. From that moment I was hooked and Ipswich Town became part of my life.”

Ed has also been impressed by the job Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor have done since arriving at Portman Road last November and is hoping, with a little slice of luck, Town’s fortunes can start to change as we return after the international break with back-to-back home fixtures.

For the local lad he’s desperately hoping he can be proven right, so that he can finally get some bragging rights over the other members of the band.

“I get a bit of stick off the other members of the band because I’m the ultimate optimist and clearly that optimism hasn’t been proven right by Ipswich for a while now, but I’m still confident of a good season under Mick and I think we will be pushing for the Play-Offs come May.

“I think the job him and TC have done has been nothing short of remarkable when you consider we only had seven points when they first arrived and we were extremely short on confidence as a team,” said Ed.  

“The start to this season hasn’t been what we would have wanted but the performances have been good, we just need to start taking our chances a little bit.”

On the music front, the band’s fourth album ‘The Weight of you Love’ has been well received both in the UK and across Europe, with the latest single, ‘Formaldehyde’ already earning rave reviews.

But the track as it is now isn’t how it could have turned out, as Ed explains to us.  

“That track in particular actually had quite a few changes made to it before we landed on the final outcome of it.

“I love that song and for me it’s my favourite of the album. It’s a really nippy track with a cool beat behind it, a sort of counter melody.

“There’s another song called The Phonebook that I think the fans will really enjoy as it’s something new to us, something that we’ve never really explored before. It’s us totally stripped back and I’m really excited about that single in particular, along with Formaldehyde.”

You can read the full interview with Ed in tomorrow’s matchday programme, priced at £3 and available at kiosks around Portman Road.  

You can follow the band on Twitter via @editorsofficial and Town reporter, Jonathon Ogle, via @JWOgle 

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