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20Sep/092

Being There : Editors Live At Fabric 16/09/09

It was announced very late, just one week before, but Editors were launching their new album at Fabric, more renowned for non-funky and non-hard house, techno fine, R&B right out. I already had tickets for their Hammersmith Apollo concert later in the year but the chance to see them somewhere unusual, small audience, close to the stage couldn't be passed up.

I had seen Editors three times previously at Glastonbury and V Festival. Their performances were always very intense with singer Tom Smith appearing to go through intense mental anguish at times. But there was always the screeching sound of Chris Urbanowicz's guitar running through every song. It was time for something different and previews of their forthcoming album album In This Light And On This Evening indicated something beyond their previous sound. The choice of Fabric was probably intended to reflect their new sound which the remixers will have great fun with, strong keyboard rhythms reminiscent of Kraftwerk or Portishead's Third.

Down into the depths of the club we descended to a Cavern-like room with a mixing desk right in the middle and a small stage. Despite the edgy nature of the group the crowd were polite, good spread across the age ranges. It was strange being served drinks in glass bottles and wine glasses. The freeloaders had their own little area up on a balcony where they could look clean, neat and jig politely like John Redwood at a wedding, downstairs was sheer enthusiasm, fanatics and the usual types who you never expected to be there.

As for the music, judge for yourself from my selection below. We all loved it, dynamic, never boring, sung with their characteristic passion and an amazingly good sound system. At one point Tom Smith finished a verse then turned away from the keyboard mouth wide open, neck sticking out like a swan appearing to let out a silent primal scream. The new album will be a classic, even if it alienates many existing fans. File under fucking brilliant night.

Some snaps from the evening :

Here's my seven recordings as a YouTube playlist :

Or the individual songs :

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  1. good review, great footage!!! thank you! i’ve been reading mixed reviews on music blogs, but after picking up the album and listening to it i believe its a “classic” as you put it. also the 5 bonus tracks from Cuttings were excellent they had a better mix of guitar to keyboard ratio, which was refreshing! did you only record 7 songs?

    • I would love to have recorded more especially Walk The Fleet Road which was sung with real passion and he was facing my position throughout the entire song, but I have to tear myself away and enjoy the concert as well!

      I watched it on Channel 4 Saturday morning but don’t think they captured the fantastic sound in the venue very well, it was too sterile. Seeing them again on Wednesday so may fill in a few gaps then.


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