Friday, March 31, 2006

and the fingers bleed in the factories...

As expected, Editors were fantastic at Webster Hall last night. Also as expected, the packed house didn't move much. As Tom Smith became more and more Chris Martin-like (Tom, stay away from the keyboard!) by frantically running around the stage guitar slung around his neck, the crowd just stood there. A pocket of people jumped around during "Munich", as they should, but it wasn't until show closer "Fingers in the Factories" did the crowd show any excitement. Nevertheless, the packed house loved the show.

It was a good show. Probably not as good as the Mercury Lounge performance, but I think that had more to do with the fact that the Webster Hall sound was muted. Tom's vocals were up, but the music wasn't as loud as it could have been. Anyway, they ran through most of The Back Room (which is finally out in the States, not that you didn't pick up the import a while ago) including "Lights", "Camera," "Blood," "Bullets" ("this is for Rolling Stone") and played an encore of two new songs - one of which I swear I've heard before and the other which sounds a lot like "Munich" (and had a chorus of "retreat...retreat"). "Fingers in the Factory" was probably the best tune of the night - man, I love that stomping chorus.

And finally, I love the juxtaposition of the outgoing and incoming Webster Hall crowds. As they hustled all the indie rock kids out at 10:45, the line to get in was full of B&T'ers getting ready for the standard KTU night at the Hall. I think it was amateur strip night or something.


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