Like a long lost relative, Editors returned to Birmingham and the live circuit after a few years away. No calls, texts or letters had been received, but here they were for the second night at the HMV Institute.
To get things going local acts Swim Deep and Victories at Sea did a grand job of warming things up. Swim Deep started things off with a sound reminiscent of The Cure crossed with Mystery Jets. Single ‘King City’, with its references to Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, was well received.
Victories at Sea were next up with their energetic 80’s, Joy Division influenced style. This exciting sound is a breath of fresh air in today’s music scene. ‘Future Gold’ was a real highlight and has been playing in my car since, courtesy of the free CDs being handed out by the band.
So enter Tom and the boys for well over an hour and a half of brilliance. Things really kicked off when the unmistakable guitar riff of ‘Racing Rats’ sent the crowd into frenzy. The sound was truly amazing, suiting the acoustics of the Institute perfectly.
Genuine hands in the air moments were provided with classics such as ‘Blood’, ‘Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors’ and ‘All Sparks’, which proved Editors had not burned out. The Brilliant ‘Bricks and Mortar’ and ‘Raw Meat = Blood Drool’ followed, and the set was topped off with my personal favourite ‘An End Has a Start’.
The inevitable encore was upon us and Editors treated us to four more songs of pure musical class which has been missed so much, including ‘Munich’ and ‘Papillon’; the crowd singing back the words with impressive volume.
So the homecoming was complete, and, as Tom stated, “It’s been a while”. Editors had finally reacquainted themselves with their Birmingham family. Don’t leave it so long next time.
Click here to read our review of Editors first date at the HMV Institute.
About Dave Holyhead
Huge fan of real music both old and new. Favourites include, Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Courtneeners, Kasabian and anything inbetween that can bring joy to my ears.