Saturday, February 6th, 2010
CONTEST – Editors @ The Phoenix – February 16, 2010
Frank Yang Editors have been garnering their share of mediocre reviews for their latest effort In This Light And On This Evening, largely for abandoning their tried-and-tested anthemic post-punk guitar rock for something decidedly synthier – I seem to be more favourably inclined to the record than most, but can certainly see where the criticism comes from.
My bigger concern with the record, however, lies in how it will translate live. For all their faults, Editors are one of the more dynamic acts I’ve seen in recent years. Or more accurately, Tom Smith is a tremendously dynamic frontman, more than making up for his largely immobile bandmates – at least that was the case when I saw them back at V Fest 2007. So with the guitars, on record at least, taking a back seat to keys, how will they manage it on stage? Rearrange the songs? Strap on a keytar? Give up the rock star poses and stay anchored to the synths? I hope not.
Toronto shall find out what it will be come February 16, when they play the Phoenix – tickets are $25 in advance but courtesy of LiveNation, I’ve got three pairs of passes to give away to the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I need an Editor” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Contest closes at midnight, February 11.