The recent opening and closing ceremonies for the London Olympics have brought British bands to the foreground once again. There were epic performances from Muse, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, and many more – but if you follow the British music scene, you’ll know that one important name was missing…
Bloc Party may not have enjoyed the Transatlantic hype of the Arctic Monkeys, but they’ve displayed a rare staying power since their debut, Silent Alarm, appeared in 2005. Seven years on, they’ve just released their fourth album, the aptly-named Four – and the fans are discovering the British quartet all over again.
Bloc Party are currently on tour, and on Friday September 28th they’ll be playing Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. What can we expect from their return to the Emerald City? Last time they were here Kele Okereke wandered out into the gathered crowd, whipping them into a frenzy that took even the most ardent fans by surprise. This time they have a hard-rocking new album under their belts too – perhaps their rockingest yet, with Russell Lissack shredding like he’s auditioning for Metallica. Throw in Kele’s quirky London accent and intensely literary allusions, and this promises to be as unique a show as you’ll see this year. As for getting the party started… well, check out single ‘Octopus’ below. If that won’t get Seattle dancing, then nothing will.
Bloc Party play the Showbox SoDo on Friday September 28th. Doors open at 8:00pm, and support comes from Ceremony. Tickets are available now via the Showbox website, priced $25 plus fees, or $28 on the door.