Last night, Bloc Party tore up the Tabernacle with an amped up Cure-esque sound fury. The floor was shaking where I stood for roughly an hour last night, caused by a crowd that was completely enthralled with the resonance of perfection that came from the band. Lead man Kele Okereke made playing the guitar and roaring his popular lyrics at the same time look as easy as the Bowling 101 class I took in college. He was able to keep eye contact with the crazy fans in the front, as well as the flailing ones who were in the back, while the drumbeats coming from a shirtless and fan-blown Matt Tong flawlessly kept the mob moving.
During This Modern Love, the mass of people could be heard throughout the renovated church setting chanting the tune as if it were their own personal anthem. The emotion could be felt throughout the vast space during the course of Banquet, and amazingly enough, the mood was uplifted despite the saddened tone the song lyrics portray. The heartwrenching cry made by Kele was accompanied beautifully by the poignant riffs of Russell Lissack's guitar for the duration of So Here We Are. Overall, this show was rather rewarding for this self-proclaimed music snob. I have yet to pick up the album, but after witnessing this, I know what my next purchase will be.
(After the show, at the Eastside Lounge, me, Russell Lissack, and some tool that wouldn't go away.)
Listen and purchase here: Silent Alarm