It’s been four years since Bloc Party released Intimacy and three years since they announced a hiatus. It wasn’t until May that news came that Bloc Party were back and making a new album, titled Four. While Four will be released in a few short weeks, Bloc Party brought the celebration early, playing three sold out shows at Terminal 5. More than just a nostalgia act, Bloc Party seem hungry and eager to show the world that the music scene has not gone past them.
Bloc Party staked their claim as one of the great indie bands during the mid 2000′s due in part to a strong demo and a string of catchy songs. Following their debut, Bloc Party never stopped evolving, although the results were mixed. At Terminal 5, while songs like “Banquet,” “Like Eating Glass,” “Positive Tension,” “Helicopter” and “This Modern Love” drew the loudest applause, the new songs off of Four proved the band were more than capitalizing on past glory.
Full review and photos of Bloc Party and The Drums after the jump.
Bloc Party are a band with something to prove and the years out of the spotlight have helped, rather than hindered, the band. Bloc Party’s second night at Terminal began the same way as it does on Four with “So He Begins to Lie.” While I wish Kele Okereke’s vocals, which are fine enough, showed off some of the passion and urgency that’s found in their music, the band did more than enough to show fans that while they took some years off they are not rusty.
In fact, Bloc Party seemed absolutely eager to play and the smile on Okereke’s face never went away. As a band, Bloc Party have plenty of range that they should get more credit for. They are skilled musicians and show off a diverse range of musical talent, teasing “Tenderoni” before “Banquet” to the more Electronic “Mercury,” with occasional moments of hip hop.
“Octopus” is poised to be the standout track of Four when the album is released on August 20. As the night drew to a close with “Flux,” it was more about looking forward than looking back. As band, Bloc Party have aged but have not grown stale. If anything, Four looks to be the start of another great run by Bloc Party.