Editors - The Roundhouse, London
Following the release of The Weight Of Your Love last year, Editors finish off a European tour with two sold out shows at London’s famous Roundhouse in Camden. Opening act Dry The River do very little to get the crowd moving, but soon was all forgotten as the headliners took the stage.
Arriving to instrumental album opener ‘The Weight’ before diving straight into ‘Sugar’, the band prove why they’re reaping the rewards of consistency across what is now a decade-plus career. Singer Tom Smith moves around like a sexually charged Jack Skellington, weaving his way around the stage whenever he hasn’t got a guitar in his hands or is seated at the piano. ‘Munich’ and ‘Formaldehyde’ prove to be early highlights, working their way through a mixed set from all four of their albums. A well-worked light show enhances those numbers drawn from 2009’s In This Light and on This Evening; the title track’s synth-drenched melody resonating through the venue as the lights work their way across the stage.
Smith speaks very little across the evening, only to thank the crowd and to introduce guitarist Justin Lockey, whose efforts sparkle throughout. The main set closes with an impressive rendition ‘Honesty’, and the encore comes in the form of ‘Camera’, ‘Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors’, and a haunting full band rendition of ‘Nothing’. They save the best until last with an incredible extended version of ‘Papillon’ which has Smith flailing around the stage. As the song reaches its sonic climax, confetti explodes across the Roundhouse, closing an evening that goes some way to confirming Editors as one of our most unfeted, yet energising live acts.