British indie-rock quartet Editors is constantly compared to Joy Division and Interpol, and justifiably so. But what the group lacks in innovation it makes up for in absorbing anthems that remind us why the New Wave revival happened in the first place. Editors' debut album, The Back Room, blasts vigorous drumbeats and high-pitch guitar riffs that meld with Tom Smith's dark, swaying vocals, creating a haunting aura still kinetic enough to keep listeners dancing. Coheadlining the show is the equally brooding and retro stellastarr*. The track "Lost in Time," off the band's Harmonies for the Haunted release, undulates with emotion and beauty. Hipsters rejoice to jumping rhythms and the echoing, spastic sounds of the keyboard, stirring the dance floor into a gyrating bustle. Hook-heavy and reminiscent of dance-rock's heyday, both bands are well suited for the nostalgic, neon-clothed elite of the nightlife scene.
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