New Meetup: Editors @ Terminal 5

From: Rachel
Sent on: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 5:23 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!

What: Editors @ Terminal 5

When: February 19,[masked]:00 PM

Terminal 5
610 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

The Antlers
Venue: Terminal 5
Date: Fri 2/19
Notes: all ages
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
$27.50 advance / $32.50 day of show

Editors released their third album, ?In This Light And On This Evening? on 12th October 2009. The album represents a significant step forward for the band following the huge successes of debut album ?The Back Room? and the Number One follow up ?An End Has A Start?.

There have been many changes to life in Editors since ?An End Has A Start? broke the band worldwide and established the then Birmingham based four piece as one of the UK?s most prominent bands of recent times. Bassist Russell Leech and guitarist Chris Urbanowicz are now resident in New York whilst singer Tom Smith has become a father. These changes added to the sense that ?In This Light And On This Evening? was the start of a new chapter for Editors and the band came together in London for the recording sessions with producer Flood at the start of 2009 with a determination to push their sound into wholly new territory. Whilst all four members were keen to make a far more electronic record, they were determined to ?give the machines a human feel? in the words of lead singer Tom Smith.

London dominates the record, both lyrically and musically. According to Tom, now resident in the capital for four years, ?I actually think it?s in every song. In the right time and place, in the right light and on the right evening, something you have seen 1,000 times before can still take your breath away? whilst the background of electronic whirrs and hums that run under many of the tracks mimic the constant background noise of the city.

Renowned for their explosive live performances, the release of the album sees the band return to UK dates for the first time since their triumphant double header at Alexandra Palace in March of 2008. Prior to those concert hall shows, the band appear at selected festivals throughout Europe. Dates follow overleaf.

The Antlers
Sometimes you have to put yourself first, no matter how difficult that notion seems; no matter how much time and effort you?ve already put into this one person?the person who?s reduced your very being to its absolute core. Just ask Peter Silberman, the string-pulling founder of The Antlers, a solo project that suddenly went widescreen on the self-released Hospice LP (now receiving a proper widespread pressing through Frenchkiss). The first Antlers effort to feature two key permanent players?powerhouse drummer Michael Lerner and the layer-lathering multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci?it?s an album with a sound that?s actually as ambitious as its concept.

?Hospice came from the idea of caring for a terminal patient who?s mentally abusive to you,? says Silberman. ?You don?t have the right to argue with them, either, because they?re the one who?s dying here; they?re the one that?s been dealt a wrong hand. So you take it, but you can only take so much. Eventually, you realize that this person is just destroying you.?

Appropriately enough, Hospice?s 10 distinct chapters resonate on debilitating sonic and lyrical levels, from the hypnotic harp and tension-ratcheting build of ?Two? to the sing-or-sink choruses of ?Bear? and the speaker-rattling peaks of ?Sylvia,? easily one of the year?s most immediate epics. It?s here, amidst contrasting shards of ambient noise, sweeping strings and smoky horns, where The Antlers truly transcend Silberman?s singer-songwriter beginnings?a striking escalation of expectations first hinted at on 2008?s New York Hospitals EP. The progression doesn?t end there, either. In a move that could be taken as the riff-raking extension of his thorough guitar training (from the age of 6 ?til right before college), ?Atrophy? and ?Wake? delve into sheets of distortion, subtle shades of soul, cicada-like effects and enough movements to fill an entire EP.

?We were going for something that?d be dense but not too complicated,? explains Silberman. ?I hate the word ?lush,? but I guess that?s the best way of describing it. The structures are like pop songs?verse/chorus, verse/chorus?but the sound is a little more shoegaze-y or post-rocky.?
It?s about to get even more complicated, too, as The Antlers? Technicolor-tinged trio take all of Hospice?s songs?and three previous releases?in a completely different direction, jettisoning a note-for-note rendition of the record for ?a massive sound? doused in delay, reverb and unrehearsed chaos. And to think Cicci was a stage actor with a desire to drop it all for music just a few years ago.

?Hospice was the clear indication that this isn?t a singer-songwriter thing at all,? says Silberman. ?Whatever we record next is going to define the three of us as a ?band.?

He continues, ?I always figured I?d be the ?shredder? in a group?But things somehow ended up this way.?

We wouldn?t have it any other way, either.

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