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In the Post #91: Bloc Party return to the music scene with ‘Octopus’

By on Wednesday, 11th July 2012 at 5:00 pm

How do you break news that everyone already knows? Well if you’re part of a tight-knit friendship group, there’s a good chance they’ve already made up their minds to continue liking you before you tell them what they’ve previously heard through gossip. If you’re Reading and Leeds festivals, then you just ignore that everyone knows and continue with the disappointment. If you’re Bloc Party however, it doesn’t really matter.

After all the ridiculous speculation that saw the London band propelled from cult rockers to tabloid garbage in the forms of Kele, the NME and a horde of blogs and even newspapers, its good to have Bloc Party back where they belong: on our screens, in the studio and on the stage. The new video for ‘Octopus’ surfaced a few days after the audio spread like wildfire across the net through the week, and its ‘DIY meets high production’ aesthetic is exactly the kind of vibe Bloc will be wanting to give off if they’re to reconnect with their fans after their hiatus.

So, will they? Judging on ‘Octopus’ alone, the road to redemption will be one that Kele Okereke and company will traverse with relative ease.  It’s a bombastic four-piece rock return, as in your face as 2005’s ‘Silent Alarm’ opener ‘Like Eating Glass’ but with the mature confidence of 2008’s ‘Intimacy’ opener ‘Ares’. The tight sound that they’ve always had is retained and just like that, the affections come back.

Of course, if you’ve never liked Bloc Party, there’s a good chance this will mean little to nothing to you, but there’s a certain rock feel here that eclectic producer Alex Newport may have brought to the table. It would be foolish to say this is definitely the new direction of the band, especially considering their tendency to joke about, but its certainly a belter of a first release.

“Keep the faith”, said drummer Matt Tong at their Bournemouth show in October 2009. “Bring on ‘Four’” say we. You can watch the video below.



Bloc Party / October 2012 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 19th June 2012 at 9:00 am

It’s the return of Bloc Party and come October, they’ll be on their first big headline tour since they reunited. Er…returned from hiatus? Not really sure what to make of it. What do we know: presale tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 20 June) on their official Web site, with the general ticket sale to follow on Friday 22 June at 9 AM. We also know that support will come from Theme Park.

Friday 12th October 2012 – Newcastle Academy
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Leeds Academy
Sunday 14th October 2012 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 15th October 2012 – Birmingham Academy
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Southampton Guildhall
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Bristol Academy
Friday 19th October 2012 – Manchester Warehouse Project
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Cambridge Corn Exchange


Album Review: Kele – The Boxer

By on Wednesday, 9th June 2010 at 12:00 pm

Hats off to Kele Okereke. He’s not for one for sitting still, is he? Despite the considerable success Bloc Party achieved from the spiky guitar of 2006’s ‘Silent Alarm’, Kele and co weren’t up for sticking to this tried and tested indie formula. The next two albums swiftly saw the band evolve into a mass of experimentation, particularly shooting for a more electronic take on their music – to the pleasure of some fans, but to the upset of a fair few others. Still, seemingly not content with the ultimate synth smash of ‘Intimacy’, Bloc Party’s third album released in 2008, frontman Kele has taken his electronic tirade all the more further with his debut solo album ‘The Boxer’, released June 21st.

From the opening dubstep playground chants of ‘Walk Tall’, ‘The Boxer’ leads us to the poppy vocal line of ‘On the Lam’, which sees Kele’s voice pitched to feminine heights. Laid down on some Ministry of Sound beats, podiums and strobe light imagery fills the brain as I listen to this more Bump & Flex than Bloc Party track.

This isn’t a criticism, however, but more to highlight the fact that if you’ve come to ‘The Boxer’ seeking ‘Helicopters’ and ‘Banquets’ well, tread carefully as you’re in for a surprise.

The awesome ‘Tenderoni’, track three of ‘The Boxer’, takes a tip or two from Bodyrox’s 2006 hit, ‘Yeah Yeah’. The brooding synths of the verses continue on until the chorus finally explodes into a crescendo of electronica emotion – robotic, crunchy and with a banging beat that will swim amid the ceilings of clubs for the coming months.
Carry on reading Jess’ review here…


Kele / July 2010 UK tour

By on Wednesday, 5th May 2010 at 11:00 am

Seems there’s been a lot of excitement of Kele (of Bloc Party fame) ‘s new single, Tendoroni. A bigger, dancier, clubbier sound than anything Bloc Party have done, it’s already set Radio 1’s playlist on fire and hopefully will set your feet a’dancing and having you pulling shapes like a loon. Haven’t heard it? Well, you’re in luck – take a listen below.

Tickets for all these dates are on sale now.

Friday 14th May 2010 – Limerick Dolans
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Sunday 16th May 2010 – Dublin The Academy
Monday 17th May 2010 – Belfast Spring and Airbrake
Friday 11th June 2010 – Sheffield Plug
Saturday 12th June 2010 – Manchester Warehouse Project Fest
Thursday 24th June 2010 – Brighton Digital
Thursday 1st July 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Friday 2nd July 2010 – Oxford O2 Academy 2
Saturday 3rd July 2010 – Southampton University
Monday 5th July 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 6th July 2010 – London Village Underground
Thursday 8th July 2010 – Newcastle Digital
Monday 12th July 2010 – Bristol Thekla
Tuesday 13th July 2010 – Nottingham Ultra!
Wednesday 14th July 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy 2


MP3 of the Day #139: Sky Larkin

By on Monday, 11th January 2010 at 10:00 am

I haven’t posted much about Sky Larkin before, but after this discovery I’m gonna be paying them a lot more attention.

I’ve already deafened you with my slightly over-the-top love for Bloc Party (here), but Sky Larkin have taken a stand-out track from ‘Intimacy’ (‘Ion Square’) and made it possibly even better than it was before. Slower, more stripped back, more hauntingly beautiful than the original.

MP3: Sky Larkin – Ion Square (Bloc Party cover) (via my ace new find, Separated By Motorways)



Live Review: Bloc Party at Reading Rivermead – 30th October 2009

By on Saturday, 31st October 2009 at 12:27 am

Bloc Party (live Reading side)There’s nothing better than seeing a band who are at the top of their game – great songs, great crowds, and still the enthusiasm of the day they first handed their demo tape to Steve Lamacq. This is the case with Bloc Party – their month long “Bloctober” gigs show off just what they’ve achieved in the course of three albums, and just how good a live band they really are.

After finding the (rather boring) Rivermead leisure complex, we caught openers Grammatics who were, as is often the case with opening bands, “good but not great”. Unmemorable, but reasonably competent to pass the time.

Soon enough Bloc Party time rolled around, and the guys ambled on, before launching into a set of songs that some bands can only dream about – fan favourites (The Marshals are Dead and Ion Square) and chart hits (Mercury, Two More Years and The Prayer) The crowd was definitely a Friday night crowd – Kele joked that he felt like he was in JLS, such was the level of screaming from the front. Playing “The Marshals are Dead” following someone throwing a request on stage, Kele mentioned their upcoming haitus – “fuck it – we only have two more shows left, we might as well play it! Ahh, that sounded kind of terminal – there will be plenty more Bloc Party shows!”

Bringing out the extra drums for Gordon for the encore, a stunningly beautiful version of “Sunday” was a personal highlight – the line “You see giant proclamations / Are all very well / But our love is louder than words” is just sublime. However, the quick downtime was soon abandoned for a song “about fighting” – Ares, Kele going through the words spitfire style, spitting them with force, quite a sight to see.

Of course, all good things have to come to an end, and with the amazing double header of Flux and Helicopter the four guys were gone, the last we’ll see of them for quite some time. I’m just hoping that they’ll come back to continue from where they left off.

After the jump: setlist and a few photos.
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