Posted in music on August 10, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/7/12 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bloc Party

Terminal 5 flooded with blues and purples last night (8/9), revealing a bull's-eye on the back wall, as a a building synth filled the venue and Bloc Party walked out to play their new single, "Octopus," one of their most Silent Alarm-y songs since Silent Alarm. In the song's chorus, as Kele shouted "come on!," he reached out his arms and waved his fingers to rile up the crowd, and when Bloc Party followed that song with A Weekend In The City favorite, "Hunting for Witches," and the arms-raised singalong, "Positive Tension," the energy in Terminal 5 took off.

Like The Strokes and Interpol, Bloc Party are one of the many post-punk revivalists of the early 00's with two great albums who were plagued by an awful case of third album syndrome. For the two former bands, it was a case of over-polishing their sound. For Bloc Party, they went in a total synth pop direction that works for some but was totally unwelcome for this group of Brits, who had made some of the most vital guitar rock of the last decade. Not to mention it's taken Bloc Party four years to follow that album, and over three since they've played NYC, during which time rumors began floating around that Kele was kicked out of the band. So when they made their return, I wasn't without my doubts, but Bloc Party didn't once fail to deliver. The show was their last in a sold out three-night run which also hit the NYC venue on Tuesday (8/7) and Wednesday (8/8). Despite telling the crowd that he's not a huge fan of doing three-night runs in the same venue, Kele was in super high spirits the whole time. The setlist was great too -- we got four new ones (including iTunes bonus track, "Black Crown") and tons of old favorites like "Banquet," "Helicopter," "This Modern Love," and more.

Four isn't exactly a "comeback record" for the band, but it's their most guitar-centric since Silent Alarm and doesn't sound like they are trying to prove anything on it. It pulls as much (or more) from stoner rock as it does from the post-punk they initially made a career out of, which was a totally unexpected turn but I can't say it wasn't pretty badass hearing Bloc Party whip out sludgey power chords on "Team A" and "Black Crown" last night. And when I left the show right after hearing "Helicopter" and complaining that they didn't play "Like Eating Glass" like they had the night earlier, it was "Octopus" that was stuck in my head.

Like they had done the previous two nights, The Drums opened the show. Bloc Party's setlist and a video of them playing "Helicopter" from last night are below.

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Bloc Party - "Helicopter" at Terminal 5 8/9/12

Bloc Party at Terminal 5 - 8/9/12 Setlist:
Octopus
Hunting for Witches
Positive Tension
Waiting for the 7.18
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Team A
So Here We Are
One More Chance
This Modern Love
The Prayer

Encore 1:
Day Four
Black Crown
Ares
Flux

Encore 2:
Sunday
Helicopter

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Comments (18)

I wasn't aware that Intimacy was so hated on. It's my favorite record by them. Bummed they didn't play "Signs" or "Mercury" last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 10:55 AM

thx for churning out a new album Block Party. See you in 2018

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 10:56 AM

Not sure if I agree that the second albums released by Bloc Party and Strokes were "great." Each album had a few great songs, but both albums paled in comparison to their predecessors.

The first 2 Interpol albums were truly great. I would also put Franz Ferdinand in that category before the third album drop off.

Sadly, none of these bands have any real staying power.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 10:58 AM

10:58 i would actually argue that The Strokes' second album was the best of the three

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:05 AM

I also enjoyed Franz Ferdinand's 3rd album the most. Speaking of them, I'm surprised they haven't announced some one-off NYC-area show since they're in the States for a few festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:07 AM

YO BV fix the 'Recent Comments' section already!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:07 AM

This was pretty good show although the venue still sucks. It was way too hot on the floor and you couldn't move!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:22 AM

11:22 = fat dude.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:25 AM

terrible band

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:37 AM

Third FF album was a fantastic joy, so dancey and electric - a solid evolution.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:38 AM

11:37 Nickleback sucks! If you need more terrible bands Creed is no good too!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 11:43 AM

the stills' logic will break your heart was better than all that.

Posted by nonesenssy | August 10, 2012 11:56 AM

couldnt hear the bass at all last night, snare not loud enough too. was wondering if this is terminal 5 sound guy fault or their own sound guy?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 12:13 PM

Yes, 2nd Strokes was a better album than "Is This It?" but still paled in comparison to the Killers debut.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 12:15 PM

nonesenssy 11:56 - Not even close. And if we're talking about bands of that era, the first few YYYs and Liars releases were great too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2012 4:38 PM

it will be possible to see the Drums ?

Posted by Jocuri cu masini | October 4, 2012 4:35 AM

too cool.

Posted by jordon | July 24, 2013 3:08 PM

Great performance! I think they have a real gift when it comes to raising a great atmosphere in the crowd and all their shows are very excicintg.

Posted by andrei | November 19, 2014 6:28 AM

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