Bloc Party have decided that they can’t be bothered to wait for a specific anniversary and are to play their debut album, Silent Alarm, in full and in Europe this autumn.
Usually, bands will give it at least 15 years before jumping for joy and announcing an anniversary tour. Others might need a quicker pay cheque and go for the 10-year anniversary but not Bloc Party. They’re going to party like it’s 2005 and revisit Silent Alarm with gigs in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin and London.
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It’s worth casting your mind back to then. The NME voted it Album of the Year and beat Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Franz Ferdinand’s You Could Have It So Much Better and White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan to the honour.
It reached No. 3 in the UK album charts and spawned the hit singles ‘So Here We Are/ Positive Tension’, ‘Banquet’, ‘Helicopter’ and ‘Pioneers’.
Silent Shout also fared pretty well in the US, too. Touring there for over a year, the album went to sell some 350,000 copies in the States and totalled around a million copies worldwide. Bloc Party also released a remixed version of their debut called – with much thought going into it – Silent Alarm Remixed and featured new versions of its songs remixed by the likes of Ladytron, M83, Death From Above 1979, Four Tet and Mogwai.
A lot has changed in Bloc Party’s world since then. Bassist Gordon Moakes left the band in 2015 to concentrate on Young Legionnaire, while drummer Matt Tong quit in 2013 re-emerged in the agit-blues outfit Algiers. The current line-up sees original members Kele Okereke (vocals/guitar) and Ruseel Lissack (guitar/keys) augmented by bassist Justin Harris and drummer Louise Bartle.
Bloc Party play:
15 – Amsterdam, Afas Live, NL
16 – Paris, Le Zenith, FR
18 – Berlin, Columbiahalle, DE
20 – Brussels, Forest National, BE
22 – Dublin, 3 Arena, IE
24 – London, Alexandra Palace