By Lee Hammond
December 04, 2013
Punters are streaming in to the Academy as support act British Sea Power take to the stage. With their customary set filled with trees littering the stage, the band (being the support) are afforded the chance to play some of the more obscure tracks from their back catalogue. However, crowd favourites like ‘No Lucifer’ and ‘The Spirit Of St. Louis’ are still present, and as always never fail to get the crowd going.
The addition of Bi-Polar and Ursine Ultra always helps to make everyone smile, as they roam through the audience high fiving and dancing with the crowd. Tonight is also a special night for bassist Neil as it’s his 25th birthday (in Jesus And Mary Chain years at least). Brother and author of a book about the band, Roy Wilkinson makes an appearance to present him with a cake to celebrate.
With the crowd suitably warmed up and excited, Editors make their way on stage in a dark cloud of smoke. The stage is dimly lit as the band launch into opening track ‘Sugar’, with Tom’s erratic stage presence somewhat reminiscent of Thom Yorke. Following the erratic opener the band settle immediately with crowd favourite ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors.’
Editors are on excellent form this evening, ear-splittingly loud whilst still controlled. The set is comprised of tracks from their entire back catalogue, though newer single ‘Formaldehyde’ is by far the stand out track from their latest album, The Weight of your Love, however, it’s still hard to dismiss Editors tracks of old, like ‘All Sparks’ and ‘Munich’, both of which sound amazing this evening.
It’s a testament to any band when songs such as these stand the test of time, still sounding as good, if not better than the first time you heard them a number of years ago. The band feed off the crowd’s huge energy, giving everything they’ve got in return. A huge sing along ensues for ‘Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool’ in what is definitely another highlight of this evening’s performance.
Despite Editors having been away for sometime, they haven’t lost an ounce of enthusiasm or passion and it shows throughout tonight’s set, with the band looking to be enjoying it almost as much as the crowd. We are truly knocked for six with their song choices tonight too, the new stuff sounds amazing and the older tracks sound just as fresh as ever, if that’s possible. Overall tonight is an amazing night with two bands that are very much at the top of their game.