Last Thursday, October 15th we went to see Editors with support from The Twilight Sad at Pyramids Live Portsmouth.
After years of huge chart success, sell out tours and high profile festival slots we were keen to witness what the big deal was about Editors and joined the crowd at the sold out gig that was right on our doorstep.
The support for Editors was a band called The Twilight Sad and we were both really lucky to catch this performance which turned out to be the highlight of our night. The immediate thing that struck me was that the lead singer’s (James Graham) voice was so powerful and precise, his Scottish accent creeping through. The delivery was convincing, you could feel the pain and urgency of his vocals, also accompanied by furious silent shouting into the air, off mic in the instrumentals, like he was doing another part of the song on his own that you could only imagine. He had amazing stage presence that both of us were entranced by him.
The Scottish post-punk indie rock band were a brilliant booking to support Editors, and in my opinion they stole the show. There were no breaks between the tracks on their setlist, just a brilliant amount of noise from Andy MacFarlane (guitar), and Mark Devine (drums) to link the performances together. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this band and listening to their stuff in the future.
Editors started their performance with No Harm, on a beautifully lit stage, beams of light shining down on lead singer Tom Smith. The sound was perfect for this and you could feel the bass reverberating through the venue.
I have no idea what happened during their second song. I thought there was something up when the singer wasn’t focussing to the front or singing to the audience, then the band stopped playing and the drummer walks off stage. Smith asked the audience to bear with them for a minute as they really weren’t having a good time on stage at the moment. I thought it could possibly be a bit of band tension but after a bit of reading it appears their appearance that same week at Hammersmith Apollo their gig was crippled by sound problems, so maybe it was just gremlins in the works for them and they were just having bad luck that week. A minute or so later the drummer rejoins the band and they start the song from scratch.
Editors played a very long set of music from indie, rock to disco and what was significant about their musicianship is that they are multi-talented, shifting positions betweens instruments throughout the show. Their rendition of possibly their most popular track to date, Munich, ended their set but then they did an encore too. A highly talented band but we were still thinking about the support act when we got home.
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