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The Editors Make Heads Turn and Hearts Swoon at Club Soda, Jan. 20

Posted by Jenny / January 21, 2008

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In the shadow of Great Britain’s darlings Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party hides a Birmingham foursome none the less talented and just as charismatic as its big brothers. The Editors’ sold-out show at Club Soda last night was classic proof that this band is ready to win hearts over west of the Atlantic, too.

The first time I saw the Editors was two years ago, at a Stellastarr* headliner at Le Studio. After the show, my friend and I sweet-talked our way backstage as part of a stalker strategy involving Stella’s bassist Amanda Tannen. In her absence we ended up chatting with the Editors’ members, who turned out to be four genuinely sweet guys with no sense of orientation whatsoever. (Brits drive on the other side of the street, remember.)

20080120_editorslive2.jpgLast night’s show featured a much more confident band performing a tighter, more choreographed set. The earnest, wide-eyed frontman Tom Smith from two years ago had a whole new stage persona on last night: the introspective, tortured artist. With a singing style reminiscent of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and a clean-cut look making him appear to have come to the gig straight from his office tower job, Smith was in the spotlight from beginning to end, both literally and metaphorically. Short of calling it a shame, I have to say that it was only a little unfair to his bandmates, who are all incredibly skilled musicians. Overall, it was a near-perfect, perhaps a tad over-rehearsed blend of their darker debut, The Back Room, and their most recent, softer effort, An End Has A Start.

Openers were San Diego garage rockers Louis XIV, featuring provocative lyrics, catchy guitar riffs, and questionable facial hair, and Victoria, B.C.’s indie rock sweethearts Hot Hot Heat, whom I like only as long as they stick to the irresistible dance-y numbers they originally got known for (“No, Not Now”), and don’t sound like a carousel (hello, “Middle Of Nowhere”). Lead singer/keyboardist Steve Bays gets mad credit for his sick stage moves, though.

No stalking was involved this time around. All things considered, I still think I liked the Editors just a bit better before fame got to their pretty British heads.

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Conor / January 21, 2008 at 05:29 pm
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It was a cool show. I didn't like Louis XIV much, but the Editors were really awesome. I totally agree with the spotlight thing. The focus really seemed to be on the singer, and as great as he is, the other band members are really good as well.
Definitely the Ian Curtis of our generation.

Sisi / January 21, 2008 at 06:08 pm
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Damn, I really wanted to go see the Editors. I agree with Conor about Louis XIV, but The Editors put out some great albums and were also a treat at Osheaga.
Conor / January 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm
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I missed out on Osheaga! I really wanted to see Bloc Party and Interpol as well there, but it was too expensive.
Jenny / January 23, 2008 at 02:09 am
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Thanks, Conor. I am actually sorry to say that I have no concrete opinion on Louis XIV since I slept through most of their set (the undergrad life does that to you sometimes). Then my friend got me an energy to remedy to the situation, allowing me to keep my eyelids open through the rest of the set. What a sweetheart.
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