Thursday, July 5, 2007

Editors vs. Interpol

I understand the comparison, sure. They do sound similar. Both Editors and Interpol go with that moody rock a la Joy Division and run with it. Both are coming out with albums this summer. But that is where I shall stop the comparisons now and forever. Done and done. Because while I am a fan of both bands, I always side with my homeboys the Brits. (Oh, Happy 4th of July!)

You see, I quite like the Interpol album. Our Love To Admire is better than I thought it would be, although I may have fallen asleep during the first half before it finally picked up. And it's funny, because that's what kind happens when I see them live too. In all honesty? They bore me. Love their songs, think they are cool, but are far from a good live show. I find myself watching the light show the entire time, although something tells me if I see them again I'll be more transfixed by Carlos D's moustache. Or something.

But Editors need no crazy light show or pornstache to keep me entertained. They prove the intensity of their songs with a passionate performance. I've gotten chills, shed tears and god dammit I've danced at the many Editors shows I've attended. And from the many repeat listenings of their sophomore album An End Has A Start I've officially named them mainstays in my musical world. It's more of what they did last time around but better, and bigger, and Tom has let his vocals go to all ranges putting comparisons aside once and for all. It's a beautiful album -- when quiet, you can hear the restraint, and when loud, there's no holding back. Ladies and gentlemen, this is just the beginning.

If you've never seen Editors live, you have no idea what I'm talking about. And what do I say every time someone tells me they sound just like Interpol? I say: go see them live. Then you'll understand. And hey! They are touring with Ra Ra Riot. Awesome!

  • Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors
  • Interpol - Heinrich Maneuver

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