White shirts and dark noise from searing guitars - what a year it has been for adopted Birmingham band Editors.
The four-piece marched onto the packed out Barfly and launched into their homecoming at the end of the Ones to Watch Tour.
After an acclaimed debut album and numerous television appearances, would the reality match the hype?
Editors left no room to doubt as they launched into a startling set with straight ahead determination.
Someone Says began proceedings, wailing guitars like a siren and clipped lyrics, with singer Tom Smith stamping about like a modern day Joe Strummer and sounding a little like an Irish Ian Curtis, although he actually hails from Gloucestershire.
Piercing guitars build up and add atmosphere - not unlike like Echo and the Bunnymen and even, whisper it, Big Country. But they are not entirely an early 1980s throwback, and Editors have carved out their own niche.
After a mercurial rise, an opening trident of Someone Says, All Sparks and Munich made you wonder where are they going to go from here.
These three are just about the most dramatic on an already daunting debut album, but the Editors maintain the momentum. The live incarnation of Munich initially misses its trade mark swooping and stirring guitars, but these soon kick into gear as the song gains flight. No idea what Tom was singing about, but the sheer drama of it all belies a fantastic song, and the highlight of the night.
From then on, it all goes a bit Jimi Hendrix as Tom tries to play his guitar over his head, although the tightness of the group is kept up throughout.
He rescues things with Camera, a keyboard-driven near hymn dedicated to his father, and an inspired cover version of Sterolab's French Disko, which was also pretty climactic. The name of the tour said it all really - definitely ones to watch.