REVIEW: Editors, The Twilight Sad @ O2 Academy, Newcastle (20.10.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Two years after their last visit, Editors return to Newcastle with a new album in tow, and a room full of devotees awaiting their arrival.

First up were The Twilight Sad, a band who are tailor-made for a tour of this calibre, specialising in that edgy and erratic doom-rock that the headline band are renown for. The Glasgow outfit powered through a short-but-sweet set, which acted as a mesmerising and charismatic opening chapter to the evening.

Editors shortly followed suit, opening with the neon-dipped slow-burner No Harm, the first track from the new record, In Dream; a slow, yet atmospheric start. The band preceded to plough through a career-spanning set, with brand new songs like Life Is A Fear being inundated with just as much interest and praise as those that made them remarkable (All Sparks, Munich, The Racing Rats). At the mid-set point, aside from the occasional eerie sweep from one side of the stage to the other from frontman Tom Smith, Editors have been aurally impressive, but not very engaging visually. Whilst the performance was sonically perfect, the band lacked stage presence.

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After an array of what could be considered ‘fan-favourites’ – such as Bullets, Blood and a beautiful (albeit slightly underwhelming) acoustic rendition of Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, the set culminated in a particularly chunky version of Papillon, followed by closing track for both the recent album and the evening, Marching Orders, a song which, whilst being epic and luscious on record, wasn’t quite the climactic ending the crowd had hoped for, much like their closing track on tours in the past, Fingers In The Factories.

Despite putting on an impressive listening experience, Editors’ visual performance was ambivalent at most, detracting not all, but a lot of the appeal of the evening as a whole.

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