Editors supported by Free School and Peace
Second were Peace, who also hail from Birmingham. A five piece Indie Rock band, with clear influences of grunge and punk. They were lively, youthful and raw with plenty of feedback. To say they have only just signed to Columbia records and have a single, ‘ Follow Baby/Li'l Echo’ coming out they were surprisingly tight, with a unique sound and impressive on stage and got a good crowd reaction. The singer even had a dream catcher attached to his guitar, which clashed with his leather jacket, but that sort of sums up the band, especially since the bass player had twee knitted jumper on. In my opinion, one to watch.
Then finally the main event, Editors, stepped out onto a smoke filled darkened stage to be greeted by a enthusiastic crowd.
Opening song ‘Sugar’ was incredible, but so was the whole gig. Guitars were sharp and soared as Tom Smith echoing voice crooned darkly to us from the piano, as blue, red and white lights flashed, the drums and bass pounded giving the whole place this eerie atmosphere as the bright lights silhouetted the band.
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The band then kicked into a few singles such as ‘Racing Rats’ off their second album (End Has A Start), which opens with melancholic piano and pounding drums, the crowds already singing along as the sheer power of the roaring guitar washes over us. Stand out song and single, also off the second album was ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’ which proves without a doubt the bands talent for making melodic songs explode with pure energy. Also singles and old favourites from the first album (The Backroom) ‘Munich‘, ‘Blood’ and ‘All Sparks’ saw the whole place sing along enthusiastic as half the room swayed and the other leaped.
Single off the third album (In This Light And On This Evening) ‘Eat Raw Meat=Blood Drool’ was something different. It was dark, strange yet seductive with its trade mark bizarre sample sound. The odd superb new song was played also, proving their skill for natural evolution without ever losing what makes them Editors. A new album is rumoured to be emerging soon.
It was a very varied crowd too, old married couples bounced next to teenagers. It all ended too soon with only a three song encore which opened with the incredible dark, synth lead ‘In This Light And On This Evening’, which slowly builds till raw dirty guitars kick in, lights flash as the band really gave it their all. This was followed by the equally as impressive ’An End Has A Start’ and concluded with crowd favourite and single off the third album ’Papillon’. An instant classic with its ice synth hook and fast relentless beat. Naturally they drew it out, made it raw and joined the crowd in going wild. Quite literally, a standing ovation.