Review: Bloc Party's Silent Alarm Tour
It’s been just over 4 months since Bloc Party announced that they’d be touching down on Australia’s shores for the Silent Alarm Tour.
It’s not every day that you see a band tour an album that clocks in at thirteen years old, but Bloc Party‘s decision paid off.
Aside from the facts that Silent Alarm was awarded NME’s album of the year in 2005 and that the album has cemented itself as a timeless classic, the sheer sense of excitement surrounding the night was enough to affirm that an album tour was a great decision from the band.
Two years after the release of their latest album, Hymns, Bloc Party drew an impressive crowd. That crowd was treated to a stellar performance, the type that can only come from a band with the experience of Bloc Party. The nineteen-year-old outfit boasts a sense of sophistication in their performance, and they do so in effortless style.
From high-powered, yet mellow tunes of tracks like ‘This Modern Love’ to the bouncy familiarity of ‘Banquet’, Bloc Party hosted a night of flashback tunes and that we, along with the rest of the audience, couldn’t help but feel encapsulated by.
Not only did Bloc Party flip the script by performing an older album in its entirety, they also literally flipped the album, opening with its closing track, ‘Complications’, performing all the way through to ‘Like Eating Glass’. Finally, the band closed with a six-song encore featuring tracks across their more recent releases and finished off the night with a predictable, but nevertheless electrifying performance of ‘Ratchet’.
We certainly hope it’s not long till we see Bloc Party‘s return. The Silent Alarm Tour proved them an unmissable act whose sound is ageing like fine wine.