I am not usually the first in on the new bands. I usually wait for some of the other esteemed music bloggers to sift through the 50,000 CDs they receive in search of good music. Once I read some particularly glowing review of a song, complete with an MP3 download, I give it a listen and go from there. That's how I came upon Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Sufjan Stevens, Wolf Parade, Band of Horses etc.
Editors is a band that doesn't fit that description for me. I read about them in early 2005, well before their debut album The Back Room, was even released in the U.K. A short blurb in one of the British music magazines likened the band to (surprise) Interpol and Joy Division, which was enough for me to go searching for the mp3s on line. I first wrote about them way back (in blogging years) in July of last year:
Editors are releasing their debut album, The Back Room, later this month. What I’ve heard so far is amazing. Their current single “Blood” has this gem of a lyric–”Blood runs through your veins, that’s where our similarity ends. Blood runs through our veins.” The music is at times Joy Division, and at times U2, thanks to some icy guitar riffs. Can’t wait for these guys to come to the States.
In some ways, it feels like forever since I first heard their music. I mean, shit, I wrote about Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in the same post and I have seen them 32 times since. Editors? No such luck. With the exception of a couple of NYC shows earlier this year, they had not played in the States, until now.
The show last night at The Trocadero was billed as a co-headliner for both stellastarr* and Editors. Mobius Band opened. stellastarr* definitely had a nice following there, and some folks who came for them didn't stick around for Editors. stellastarr* played a mix from their self-titled debut album, as well as songs from 2005's Harmonies For The Haunted. They sounded great, especially lead singer Shawn Christensen, who has an amazing voice. And they looked great, too. Specifically, bass player and all around hottie Amanda Tannen.