Indecent Digit: FAMILY FUN TIME: New "New, New Wave"

Monday, January 30, 2006

FAMILY FUN TIME: New "New, New Wave"

EDITORS: The Back Room

Cyclical trends in popular culture seem to have caused some type of return to the "glory days" of the 1980's. Many of the new consumers of pop music and "fashion" may not realize that all this has been done before, but those of us born before 1985 might just remember the last go round. Hot young bands that ape the sounds from days gone by are becoming quite the staple for DJ's in college radio and on the O.C. Whether it's the Duran Duran worship of the Killers, the Gang Of Four passion of Maximo Park, or the New Order synth of Elkland (all of which are VERY much worth checking out, by the way) the 80's are back with a fervor. One of the most recent additions to this stable of throwback bands is Birmingham, England's Editors. Their debut album, The Back Room, was released on Kitchenware Records in the U.K. last year, and is set for release Stateside in April of this year. While many detractors have accused them of jumping on the Interpol bandwagon, how can we really hold that against them when Interpol is just taking the best parts of Joy Division and rehashing them for a new generation?

The influence of Ian Curtis and Joy Division is obvious from the opening of the Editors’ debut. Unlike Interpol’s Joy Division love, however, there’s something else going on underneath the doom and gloom that the Editors are giving us. Tom Smith’s vocals contain elements of Brendan Perry (of Dead Can Dance fame) as well as twinges of Stuart Adamson (of Big Country). This gives him a bit more texture and depth to work with than Interpol’s Daniel Kessler, much like the music that backs the vocals seems deeper and more varied than that of Kessler’s band. Certainly, there is an overwhelming sense of somberness and gloom throughout the album, but there’s also a driving pulse that seems to give life to the music. The stuttering drums and reverb drenched guitars create the feeling that, despite the serious tone of the lyrics, the Editors are still having fun making their music. Nowhere is this more apparent than in their latest single, “Blood”, where Smith’s chorus cries “blood runs through our veins, that’s where our similarity ends” over Edge-like guitar swells and a pulsating rhythm section designed to get people moving. Something about this willingness to allow the music to be entertaining as well as serious and brooding allows The Back Room to transcend the darkened hipster feel that weighs down Interpol’s records, making it more satisfying to return to again and again. Besides, the British accent just seems more appropriate somehow.

Release Date: April 2006

Tracks to check out:
“Fingers in the Factories”


Kitchenware Records


Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

I put The Editors to get a taste. They played me the song, "Blood".
They described the band as featuring electric rock instrumentation and "Extensive Vamping".

2:21 PM  
Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

I meant, I put them into Pandora to get a taste.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mr. Biscuits said...

Did you like the track?

3:53 PM  
Blogger Johnbai3030 said...

yeah... though I have to admit it sounded an awful lot like Interpol.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Mr. Biscuits said...

the more you listen, the better it gets and the more it makes Interpol look lame.

2:51 PM  

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