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The Editors, Toronto Canada (01-22-08) Print E-mail
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Contributed by Chimera   
Jan 23, 2008 at 05:58 PM
Review: The Editors, Toronto Canada (01-22-08)

The Editors: Live Band Extraordinaire

After astonishing the crowd at the Virgin Music Festival in Toronto last September, The Editors came back to the city to headline their own tour and do it again at The Kool Haus. This time around they dragged along two opening bands to their entourage, namely Louis XIV and Canada's own Hot Hot Heat. Suffice it to say, the openers did not provide any anticipation or create any type of energistic synergy that openers are supposed to do. Instead, Louis XIV gave a mediocre performance and Hot Hot Heat had technical difficulties, which sucked the life energy out of the house. These bands were so unimpressive that it caused some of the crowd to leave. Unfortunately for those who left, they missed another stellar performance by the headlining band.

With disappointment looming as Hot Hot Heat left the stage, there was an ounce of hope left for The Editors. As they appeared, the crowd roared in anticipation of finally seeing a good show and getting their money's worth. No pressure for The Editors, and they didn't disappoint. They opened their set with "Bones" from their latest album, 'An End Has a Start', always a crowd favourite. They continued on to play all the hits from their latest album such as "The Racing Rats", "Escape The Nest", "Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors", and past singles such as "Blood", "All Sparks" and closed with the always popular "Munich". Contrary to the horrible sound from the opening acts, The Editors sounded almost perfect and in total unison with every beat. This is a band that not only can replicate the sound of their studio albums, but sounds better live because of the effort they put into the band dynamic to give an almost perfect show.

The band as a whole is quite tight and heavily in tune. Drummer Ed Lay fantastically was bombastic on the skins as he exerted all his repressed anger on beat to every song, notably during "Lights". Bassist Russell Leetch wailed great bass beats to give each song depth. Let's not forget lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz, who played every note on time and directed every song with command. What is keeping the band from big venue shows is lead singer Tom Smith. Even though he has a great vocal range, he still requires to come out of his shell more and become the charismatic front man that he needs to be. Understandably, that will come in time as he has admitted to having a bit of stage fright and needs some liquoring up before he can go on stage. Amazingly, the booze does not throw him off, but loosens him up enough to climb up on his piano during songs. Although, maybe they would like to stay an intimate small venue band for the benefit of their fans, who knows. What is known is that they can play live and put on a good show. They even know how to manipulate the lights in tandem with their songs to give added dimension and punch to their music.

All in all, The Editors did not disappoint and they have proven to be a band that can play every song they create with a naturalness that comes with a band that has staying power. If you want to finally go to a concert that will reenergize you and maintain the hope of live music, go see The Editors.


-Overall Rating: [A]

-Sound and Acoustics: [A-] (The openers ruined it, The Editors redeemed it.)

-Ambience: [C+] (It was cold and the seats weren't comfortable and finding a good vantage point is few and far between.)

-Lighting and Effects: [A] (The Editors time their lights perfectly to their songs.)

-Security: [A] (Not too intrusive, but their presence was still known.)

-Price and Merchandise: [B] (For some reason, shirts are getting more expensive...)

-UK Band with Big Venue Sound: Priceless, for everything ditch the openers.

Written and Reviewed By: Kay (Chimera)
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