On The Radar: Editors Review
By Patrick Muldowney
There are many reasons to be excited about Editors' impending arrival in America. The Back Room, an album scheduled to reach this side of the pond March 21st, is currently #2 on the UK charts. The band has already received a NME nomination for "Best New Band", with the likes of We Are Scientists and Magic Numbers, who are already having an impact here. Their version of Alternative travels back to English pop of the eighties. It seems that Britain loves that decade as much as America seems to love seventies' Classic Rock, which provides cause to predict moderate popularity here compared to the reaction currently taking place there, where Editors have sold out most shows. What you should expect from them is success similar to Interpol and The Bravery, which is clear from the first single they have released here. "Munich" has a strong drive courtesy of the rhythm section of Ed Lay (drums) and Russell Leetch (bass), allowing for the soaring atmospheric guitar sounds of Chris Urbanowidz, which really remind me (beyond the obvious Joy Division comparison) of Kitchens of Distinction. This obscure comparison still resonates with Tom Smith's vocals, a commanding baritone, delivering a dominant thematic with lyrics like, "You'll speak when you're spoken to." This single will get them a boarding pass to America, but its strength sonically is not matched by substance, which will by expected by the fans here-especially since the bridge for the song seems stolen out of the How Interpol is Not Joy Division manual, though not nearly as effective. Luckily, "Munich" should merely be an introduction, as the songs they make available on their website show a deeper side. If you have enjoyed the current swell of Brit Pop being shipped here daily, Editors should provide no exception for your palate.
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