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Concert Review: Editors @ The Wiltern 2/9

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The last time I saw Editors in Los Angeles, they were playing a sold out show at the Avalon in Hollywood. Even then I could tell that these guys were going to make it, and not just make it, but make it big. They had the look, the talent, and the charisma to become a force in the music industry. But two years later, most people still haven't heard of these guys. So what's going on?

Editors offer a harder, piercing, and energized brand of British Rock; despite the fact that they have been placed on the same aisle as Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Oasis, and other mainstream UK bands, these guys are different. Lead singer Tom Smith anchors this quartet with his dark, articulate, and booming voice, a voice that is clearly on display in their performances, and sounds ten times better live than it does on the records. Powered by the screeching guitar work of Chris Urbanowicz, and balanced by bass player Russel Leetch and drummer Ed Lay, Editors have a formidable lineup of skilled musicians that complement each other well. Paul Oakenfold and Cicada have remixed electronica versions of their songs.