With the release of their debut album on Monday, The Back Room, tonight was Editors’ home-coming to Birmingham. This was their biggest ever headline gig and, perhaps understandably, it wasn’t their most comfortable performance.
This isn’t to say it was nervy- Editors are a very well travelled band and even when slightly below par they can inspire a crowd. Singer Tom Smith is a
coiled spring of energy who is all angled expressions until he explodes into life, using every inch of the stage. Unfortunately for him, he sprang a bit early at one point, getting to the chorus of recent hit Munich earlier than the rest of the band. They kept it together, but it seemed to leave him
partially subdued for the rest of the gig.
Buy The Back Room from Amazon.co.uk
Buy The Back Room from Amazon.com
Not like the crowd, who found themselves more and more drawn in to the band. Their enthusiasm rose as other singles Bullets and Blood were played, until
the show’s finishing song, Fingers In The Factories. Judging by how this was received, and how it was played at the end of the night, it seems very
likely to be their next single.
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Editors are fighting their way past comparisons to Joy Division and Echo and The Bunnymen that have dogged them since their early days of signing to
Kitchenware, but in attracting fans unlikely to know a lot about these bands, you have to concede that they are doing something right.
Many thanks again to reviewer Marknlard
Welcome to the first Betweenplanets Gig Podcast (or GigCast). I met up with the up and coming Reading band The Sand Creek Massacre for a chat before their appearance on stage at the legendary After Dark club.
You can download in the interview and hear some of their music below.
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Post interview, the boys went on to do a storming set for the Reading crowd amongst a very strong line up; they played with flair, panache and real showmanship. The crowd was won over and taken enthusiastically through the songs on their set that did justice to their great love of the historic local club.The following songs, available from www.thesandcreekmassacre.co.uk
, were used with the kind permission of the band.
- Feeling It Once Again
- Take The Time
- Won’t Let Us Down
An Apology: During the interview I said that Cherokee were massacred at Sand Creek. I was wrong, it was in fact members of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
Singer-songwriter and actor Johnathan Rice, as you may know, is 21 years old and has already won a place in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. is an upbeat MOR rock song that you probably wouldn’t mind having on in the background if it came on the radio. You wouldn’t buy it though. God no.
Read more from Indigo Flow
Label: One Little Indian
Release date: 1st August 2005
- Kiss Me Goodbye
- Maryann Is Lost
- May The Road Rise To Meet You
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Book tickets at Ticketmaster