EDITORS – The Back Room (Kitchenware)

The Editors are another in the myriad of new guitar bands which have sprung up over the past year or so. Like many of their contemporaries they have produced an excellent debut album, and this plethora of great new music is ensuring that this decade will be remembered as a musically adventurous one. Having said that, I can hear echoes of earlier bands in this album, most notably House Of Love in the chiming guitars, and Joy Division in some of the vocals and rhythms. This is no bad thing, as they are both great bands, and the Editors have enough individuality not to let the influences overshadow their music. ‘Lights’ sets out their stall with some great riffing guitar over a sub-Goth backing, with Tom Smith’s vocals careering over the top. ‘Munich’ was a great choice of single, encapsulating everything that the band are about in just three minutes. ‘Fall’ is an emotive slowie, stretched out to give the band a chance to inject a real feeling of despair. Latest single ‘All Sparks’ is not quite as good as ‘Munich’ or ‘Bullets’, but it is getting airplay, and so will bring the band to the attention of the daytime radio audience. ‘Camera’ exhibits the band’s most overt homage to Joy Division in both its feel and in Smith’s vocal, and is suitably depressing but still a fine song. ‘Fingers In The Factories’ has a structure quite at odds with the rest of the songs here, with an almost commercial quality to it, while ‘Someone Says’ makes the best use of the House Of Love guitars for a storming rock track. The slower ‘Open Your Arms’ has a gloomy JD feel to it, and is stretched out to nearly six minutes to encompass both the joys and depressions of life for the youth of today. That would have been the perfect place to end this album, but it segues into ‘Distance’ so that it finishes on an up beat. As I said before, another great debut from another great new band.