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Ian Church really, really likes Editors.

“I was undeniably looking forward to seeing them live..”

editorsEditors new album ‘In This Light and On This Evening’ was released only a few days before they played at the 02 Academy in Newcastle, so I was intrigued and eager to see how the audience responded to the new tracks.

As a fan of Editors from the release of their debut album ‘Back Room’ in 2005 I was undeniably looking forward to seeing them live, especially after my previous experience of them live a couple of years ago was one of the best live performances I’ve seen (to put this into perspective I can count the likes of U2, Kasabian, Oasis, Radiohead, The Killers and Kings of Leon amongst the bands I’ve seen live).

The band chose to play at the smaller venues across the country, so I was somewhat pleased not to be standing in the vastness of the Metro Radio Arena a short walk away, largely because the atmosphere tends to be that little bit more electric.

They opened the set with the title track from their new album, before moving onto Bullets and An End Has A Start, with only momentary halts from the front man Tom to thank the audience. For me though it wasn’t until the opening chords of ‘Blood,’ an epic guitar riff driven track from their first album that the gig really began in earnest, and judging by everyone else’s reaction, I wasn’t the only one.

The tracks continued to flow, with Bones and The Racing Rats before Eat Raw Meat = Drool Blood, with its catchy keyboard and chorusEditors_mg_5612 combination that really showed the new direction the band have taken in their latest album, whilst also showing off Tom’s vocal talent that often goes unmentioned.

The set list continued to cleverly intersperse tracks from the new album, such as Banging Heads and The Big Exit, with older classics like Camera and Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors. This kept the audience interested, as many were unsurprisingly unfamiliar with the new tracks, and although they were well received the atmosphere certainly dipped a little compared to the older songs. Thankfully they did not follow the precedence set by the Arctic Monkeys at Leeds Festival, who played practically every track off an album no one was particularly familiar with.

“…the lyrics remained as poetic as ever…”

The last track before the encore was Bricks and Mortar, which again contained the synth/ keyboard background to Tom’s typically deep vocals. In my opinion this is one of the best songs on the album, and it would not be surprising if it was their next single.

The band then returned to play four final songs: Walk The Fleet Road, Munich, and the first single off their new album Papillon. Unfortunately I left here due to the lack of a later train from Newcastle, but I have discovered that the final song was Fingers In The Factories. This was a somewhat unexpected turn, because although the song is catchy, for me it does not rank alongside the likes of Munich, or The End Has A Start.
I for one was shocked when first listening to In This Light And On This Evening, because it is a fairly large shift away from their previous albums. The influence of the producer who worked with The Killers and The Human League is obvious from the outset, with a greater reliance on keyboards, and lesser influence from guitars, although thankfully the lyrics remain as poetic as ever.

I left knowing that I had seen one the best bands of the last five years, however the main problem was that they toured too soon after the release of their new album. If they had waited a few months the new songs, different though they are, would have been better received because more of the audience would have been familiar with them.

Ian Church

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