Thursday, April 14th, 2005
This is my first and probably only Bloc Party post. There is absolutely nothing of substance I can add to the hype maelstrom that currently swirls around this band. I just got Silent Alarm this week – the one or two songs I’d really listened to were alright and it was cheap, so why not? Here’s a play-by-play.
First listen – not impressed. Kind of annoyed, actually. “So Here We Are”, one of the tracks that convinced me to buy it, is still the standout.
Second listen – a couple more of the songs begin to sink in. Annoyance levels decreasing. I hear a flash of some Chameleons influence, which pleases me.
Third listen – Okay, this isn’t bad. Still a little too frantic/yelpy for me to love and the guy sounds more like Damon Albarn than Robert Smith, but whatever. I guess 90s reference points aren’t hip yet, so we’ll stay in the 80s.
Fourth listen – I think we’ve hit a leveling off point. It’s alright, I don’t mind it at all, I’ll probably keep it. I think I prefer it to last year’s Bloc Pary, Franz Ferdinand (or are Bloc Party this year’s Franz Ferdinand? I get so confused). Overall, it seems to have more depth, shelf life. I like the guitarwork.
And that’s all. If you want more Bloc Party pics/reviews/interviews/hype, step outside, swing a stick. However, they do get mad props from me for wearing a Six By Seven t-shirt in their promo photo. Respect. For that, I will post an mp3 – this one appeared as a b-side on a few releases was put out as a proper single pre-Silent Alarm. I like it.
Check out the cover art (small, I know Thanks to Catbirdseat for the high-res goodness) for the new Pernice Brothers record, Discover A Lovelier You, out June 14. Also noteworthy is Joe’s pirate-riffic beard. See it in person when he plays a solo show at the Horseshoe on May 4.
Looking to add a little twang to your life? Neko Case is back in town July 7 at Harbourfront Centre and The Sadies are playing a show somewhere in the city on August 12. If you can’t wait that long, see them with Robyn Hitchcock at Lee’s Palace on May 28.
I was in Penguin Music yesterday after work and saw MuchMusic doing an interview segment with two of the guys from The Bravery. Whilst counting up the number of times the interviewer called them, their music and their videos “awesome”, I thought about yelling, “Bravery suck! Killers rule!” but decided against it as the singer guy probably would have caught up with me and poked out an eye with his silly little mohawk.
np – Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Zuma