Bloc Party & The Drums. A top tier bill that really doesn’t get better than that. The Drums only got 30 minutes but did their job just like they have done every time that I have seen them to date. The band seems to still be missing Connor Hanwick on guitar, but the new guitarist fit in just fine. The band seems to get tighter and tighter every time I see them, with Johnny’s vocals sounding far more improved than the first time I saw them – way back during CMJ 2012.
Bloc Party started with “So He Begins To Lie”, the heavy track that opens their new album Four. They dabbled with songs from all albums throughout the night, mostly staying true to their first two albums. Positive Tension marked an incredible transition during the show. The band and crowd energy merged into one chaotic energy that made me realize that this show was not going to be like any other show. The band absolutely nailed “Banquet”, putting everyone into a sweaty frenzy. “One More Chance”, found a new life live, becoming a really fun dancey treat on that evening. The band ended their first set with high energy performances of “This Modern Love” and “Like Eating Glass” that was breathtakingly incredible. It was like reliving my first listen of Silent Alarm again. I don’t think I’m alone with my fellow attendees who had no voice left after these songs. The set was hardly over as the band returned for 2 encores.
The first saw powerful performances of “The Prayer” and Helicopter” while the finale one included new single “Octopus” and the dance-friendly “Flux”.
Bloc Party are really back folks. I haven’t felt this enthusiastic about this band in years. They seemed to be really in-tune and ready to go out and perform. They brought their A-game for this show, and it will be hard for me to find another show that made me feel this good.
Glad to have you back Bloc Party.
Find photo galleries from both bands below.