REVIEW: Editors, Truck Festival, Oxfordshire (22/7/18)

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Editors, Truck Festival 2018 (photo © Martin Allen for Sync)

Our love affair with Editors‘ music goes back many years, right back to the release of debut album The Back Room in 2005 in fact. Singles from that album included Munich, Blood, Bullets and All Sparks, each of which still buzz with the same urgent energy that made them sound so fresh on first listen.

It was probably the most powerful indie-rock album since Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights of a few years earlier, and it certainly set the Birmingham band on the path to a seriously impressive career.

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Editors, Truck Festival 2018 (photo © Martin Allen for Sync)


Now with five further studio albums to their name, the band have over time refined their sound without ever losing the essence of dark, brooding, menace that defines them. Unsurprisingly for a band with this kind of longevity, they’re a fine live proposition too, and they delivered a blistering set at Truck Festival this year that really underlined their pedigree.

Highlights included Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, Halleluhjah (So Low), and The Racing Rats before they wrapped things up with Magazine from this year’s album Violence. Tom Smith remains a mesmerising frontman and it was impossible to take your eyes off him during their flawless hour-long set.

Setlist: Hallelujah (So Low) / Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors / Blood / Darkness At The Door / Formaldehyde / Munich / An End Has A Start / Nothingness / Violence / No Harm / The Racing Rats / Papillon / Magazine

Photos by Martin Allen for Sync


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