Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rock Party with Bloc Party

Bloc Party

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

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dive Bars and Local Stars

Friday night two of my favorite local acts played under the same roof, which made my life easier, so I expected to be pleased with the performance as well. I headed over to Lenny's in East Atlanta, and luckily, my expectations were fulfilled by both Kill Gordon and Sovus Radio.

For only having been together for a month or so as a full band, Kill Gordon pulled out a great show. The vocals were super charged, and Kyle Gordon's retro and classic sound meshed well with the bass, guitar, and drums. Although they play a simple sound, it hits big and catches your ear, while Kyle's all-over-the-place guitar shredding catches your eye.

Sovus Radio wrapped up the showcase with a set that the chanting crowd would not allow to be cut short. Debuting a couple of new songs turned out to be a pleaser for all who were in attendence. One tune in particular really drew the crowd in with the roller coaster of sound that was amped by the keyboards and bass through extended instrumentals. Overall, Sovus Radio proved that they deserved the Atlanta Music Guide's nod for Best New Band this year.