Post-punk revival is not dead. The four Londoners – Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong – after rumours of their split, have made a comeback with their fourth studio album ‘Four’, and will be stopping by our humble Fort Canning Park on 18 March 2013. Pity they’re not going to make it in time for Laneway, or this year’s line-up will practically unstoppable.
‘Kettling’ – Bloc Party
Their latest album (released in August) was nowhere the magic as their epic first, ‘Silent Alarm’– that we can all agree. Guitars, once unapologetic like those of Sonic Youth and Joy Division, are now no longer as sharp and strafing.
Nonetheless, it is hard to miss the music revolutionaries that Bloc Party are. Think along the lines of Franz Fernandez and Yeah Yeah Yeahs – post-punk indie rock so raw, unadulterated and yet intentional. Silent Alarm brought them to fame with hits like ‘Helicopter’ and ‘The Prayer’ – certain to send moshpits into a manic frenzy.
‘A Weekend in the City’(2007) and ‘Intimacy’(2008) were fitting sequels that left loyal fans pleased and satisfied – replete with sloshing guitar lines and Okereke’s haunting, gothic voice which practically defines the band itself (see single ‘Hunting For Witches’). Their sophomore album shot to number one on the Independent Albums chart and reached Number 12 on the Billboard 200.
Four seems like a sedated version of what they once were. Brilliant, bold, but not quite as punchy or at all memorable. Lead single ‘Octopus’ features stuttering guitar rhythms and muffled, vintage voice filters – which always make for a fun listen at say, Zouk’s Poptart. ‘Day Four’ really grows on you. The track, described by NME Magazine, “combines The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ and tender-mode Wild Beasts”. Nevertheless, we could not be more excited – Singapore needs more of this and less of Nicki Minaj (say the music snobs).
Bloc Party: Live in Singapore is on 18 March 2013 at Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park. Early bird tickets $98 and advance tickets $115 on sale at Sistic from 12 Nov, 9am. Door tickets $135.