Editors: Manchester Academy – live review

Editors
Manchester Academy
22nd November 2013
7/10

Editors have been in and around the music business for around ten years. In that time they’ve released four records that have had quite considerable success. Could their latest offering make for a good live show?

Editors have been in and around the music business for around ten years. In that time they’ve released four records that have had quite considerable success. Their latest offering, The Weight of Your Love is a good solid selection of songs that stick to their tried and tested dark indie rock formula.

Support for the evening came from fellow indie stalwarts British Sea Power. The band started off quite slowly but grew into their set gradually. As they left the stage, the now full Manchester Academy gave them a warm response.

 

Taking the stage with a typically moody lighting arrangement, Editors started with Sugar from the new album. The bass on this track is particularly good, and made for a good opener.

Throughout the concert there were plenty of sing along moments; the first real chance for the crowd to flex their pipes was during an am phantom version of Smokers Outside The Hospital Door. The quintet followed this with Bones from the same 2007 release; An End Has A Start. Both those tracks gave the crowd to warm up before the band launched into All Sparks from their 2005 debut album.

Of the new tracks, the brace of Formaldehyde and A Ton of Love go down very well, with the latter providing a huge choral song along. As the set progressed, more early material in the form of Bullets and Munich, was interspersed well with the newer material to keep a decent pace. A three song encore featuring Papillon as the set closer sent the sold out Academy off into the cold night, happy.

All in all, a good show. The mix of album tracks was almost equal between all the albums. Tom Smith’s channelling of the collective spirit of Chris Martin and Michael Stipe makes him a more than worthy front man, and ably backed by the band, Editors are still going strong. I doubt they will add many people to their fan base, but it doesn’t matter when you already have the masses to play too.

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Editors can be found at their website and on Facebook and Twitter.

All words by Dom Walsh. You can read more from Dom at his author’s archive here. Dom also tweets as @bwfcdom83.

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