Gig review: Editors at O2 Academy Leeds

Editors at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthong Longstaff
Editors at O2 Academy Leeds. Picture: Anthong Longstaff
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Although hailed as one of Britain’s finest rock bands, Editors have come under scrutiny in the past for repeating the same formula in their music.

Even with the addition of two new members for their latest release, The Weight of Your Love, their sound remains very much the same.

Their appearance at Leeds’s O2 Academy as part of their tour to promote their latest album showcased their winning formula to a sold-out, adoring crowd.

After a sterling support from British Sea Power, complete with dancing bears in front of the barrier, the stage was stripped bare of all backdrops apart from Editors’ lighting rig.

From the moment the five-piece took to the stage and ripped into the first song of a 20-song setlist, a track from The Weight of Your Love, Sugar, they were almost completely obscured from view. The constant and overpowering lightshow they had laid on, matched with the on-stage smoke machines, meant that throughout the whole show, the only sight that was constantly in focus to the human eye was the sight of drummer Ed Lay’s arms crashing down onto his kit and his quiff flaying wildly in the air.

Lead singer Tom Smith was in fine vocal form, climbing on top of his piano and getting a sweaty crowd to sing along with virtually every line, it is clear that Smith has retained his charisma as a frontman. Bassist Russell Leetch received almost as much attention as he strolled to the edge of the stage to work his side of the crowd. All the time, Lay kept it all together, providing an immensely powerful back beat for hits such as Munich, The Racing Rats and Bullets.

The final song of the evening, Papillion, from their number one album In This Light and On This Evening, brought the house down on a night of thumping drums and heavy synthesisers; even if visually it was as though Joy Division had borrowed Pink Floyd’s lights.

Gig date: November 23

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