When Editors drummer Ed Lay first started playing new material from the band’s third studio album, "In This Light and on This Evening," it didn’t exactly go as planned.

When Editors drummer Ed Lay first started playing new material from the band’s third studio album, "In This Light and on This Evening," it didn’t exactly go as planned.


“We were always a little bit nervous at the beginning because we had so much newer equipment and so much could go wrong,” he said. “I’ve got five electronic pads interspersed with my regular acoustic kit. I kind of hit them really hard, so it was hard to adjust to not break these electronic pads. But I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit challenging, but that’s what makes it fun.”


Editors music has always had a dance-rock vibe to it with Lay bouncing the hi-hats and snare drum back and forth off each other. But the producer on the new album, Flood, brought a newer, more industrial sound to the band. The mastermind behind several Nine Inch Nails albums, Flood came into the studio with the band and let the guys dictate the course of the album.


“He was constantly going on about our personalities. He wanted to hear on each track each personality. We had to put our stamp on the record,” Lay said. “He’s recorded some of my all-time favorite records, without a shadow of a doubt. He shares the same sort of philosophy with us. There are elements on the record that could be scary, dirty, and nasty. To wrap up all the parts, that makes it worth it. The biggest crime would’ve been to make a record that sounded like somebody else had done it.”


The Birmingham (UK) band released its new album in October 2009. At first, it received mixed reviews from both critics and longtime fans, but Lay said the band needed a change in sound and that fans soon embraced the new record.


“We needed to move on. We would’ve failed if we had a carbon copy of the last two records,” Lay said. “We give our fans a lot of rightful credit. Sure, they’ll be happy as long as we don’t forget that it’s about true melodic music. We’re certainly exploring a little bit of electronic music, and I think there’s a lot more to explore. I think dynamic is the key word. Toward the end of the last record, it shows very loud, straight tempos, which are roughly the same on this record. The ability to change instruments and the vibe, I feel like we created a lot more dynamic. It weaves nicely with the grander songs from 'And End Has a Start' and 'The Back Room.' I think it’s a really good blend.”


Lay said he, like most people, want bands to advance and mature from one record to the next.


“That’s how I listen to music. I want to hear something new from my favorite artist,” Lay said. “You’re not going to love it instantly. The familiarity is what you love, but it’s the tiny changes into the songs is what you’ll fall in love with.”


Editors bring an added element to its live shows. Whereas past shows had lead singer/guitarist Tom Smith going back and forth from a piano to his guitar and lead guitarist Christopher Urbanowicz wailing away during the peak of most of the band’s songs from its first two albums, this new album features more synthesizers and electronic percussion.


“Variety is really important in a live show. This album has allowed us to mix it up,” Lay said. “It’ll be interesting to see what people are thinking. We’ve always been well-received on the coasts, California, Boston, New York. We have three records of full materials that really gels together. I think people will enjoy it.”


Editors play House of Blues in Boston tonight (Feb. 18) at 8 p.m., and wrap up its U.S. tour with stops at Terminal City in New York (Feb. 19), Trocadero in Philadelphia (Feb. 20), and 9:30 Club in D.C. (Feb. 21).