Concert Review: Editors excite a packed room at Neumos

It was almost 10 years ago that British indie rock band Editors had last played Seattle and hungry fans gathered for their chance tonight at Neumos. Despite their huge success in Europe they hadn’t really played much in the states, creating a nostalgic vibe for everyone who fell in love with their first record The Back Room, released back in 2005. Their sixth album, Violence, came out in March this year and we were lucky they decided to plan a tour out our way.

Right before the band took the stage “Rasputin” by Boney M was turned up a little louder and eager fans danced around to the song. Once it was done they came out and started off with new track “Hallelujah,” and “A Ton of Love,” with singer Tom Smith setting the mood. He seamlessly moved around the stage side to side projecting his lively persona. He played guitar most of the time but towards the end he sat down on the piano and performed some of the more intimate songs without the loudness of the whole band.

The audience ate up every little bit he gave them and he returned the emotion by pouring his heart out for them. It had been a while since I’d seen Neumos that excited with fans singing along their favorite songs, probably not sure when they’d get another chance to. Their main set ended with “Racing Rats,” and popular “Ocean of Night,” as everyone shouted for more.

When bassist Russell Leetch, drummer Ed Lay, guitarist Justin Lockey, and keyboardist Elliott Williams returned on stage again we received another four tracks. There wasn’t much banter other than how thankful they were to be back and how lucky they were to have such amazing fans. They ended their encore with favorite “Papillon,” and “Marching Order,” to the amazement of adoring fans and the show felt like a dream. It was a surreal experience to see them at such a small venue as last time I saw them they were performing on the mainstage of Lollapalooza Paris. It was a long wait for most but it was well worth it.

Check out more photos from the show HERE.

Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.