Bloc Party Worthy of Superstar Status

London Rockers Slay Chicago Crowd

London indie rockers Bloc Party unleashed their now-classic debut “Silent Alarm” seven years ago. Bloc Party were supposed to be the next Radiohead. And while they never became megastars, the band has released four solidly consistent albums that rock. 

At the Riviera in Chicago Friday night, Bloc Party proved they are indeed deserving of superstar status. With a stadium-sized sound that echoed throughout the room, frontman Kele Okereke nailed his guitar riffs with machine-like precision. 

From the stellar “This Modern Love” to the power-chord laden “Kettling” – the best track off the band’s latest “Four” –  this is a band that boasts an intense sound that leaves you wanting more. The perfect kickoff to the fall music season. 

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The Complete Bloc Party Videography

 

London-based indie rockers Bloc Party have accumulated quite the arsenal of cool and captivating music videos. From the cinematic to the colorful to the animated to the optically poetic, each one has a unique treatment.

Bloc Party released their not-so-cleverly titled fourth album “Four” a couple weeks ago. The first single and video “Octopus” is a huge reminder of how visually creative and prolific they are.

 

I was one of the first American journalists to interview the band back during their 2004 debut. At the time, Bloc Party had 4 videos – “Banquet,” “So Here We Are,” “Little Thoughts” and “Helicopter.”

Now there are 15 videos, all conveniently collected here in one place. Ranked in order of my personal favorites.

1. So Here We Are

Aesthetically pleasing scenes of autumn in the English countryside followed by London streetscapes.

 

2. Little Thoughts

The band bathed in colorful animated geometric shapes.

 

 

3. Pioneers

Cartoon versions of the Bloc Party performing. Similar vibe to Gorillaz.

 

 

4. I Still Remember

A Bloc Party Eurail adventure.

 

 

5. Banquet

Beautiful black and white with the occasional splash of color.

 

 

6. Helicopter

The band engulfed in TV snow.

 

 

7. Flux

Goofy Godzilla-like monsters and giant robots dance an wreak havoc on a city. Fun.

 

 

8. The Prayer

Dance club lesbian make out scene. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

9. Mercury

Bizarre simian treehouse politician motif. Amusing.

 

 

10. One More Chance

Retro scenes in a suburban house with tacky décor.

 

 

11. Talons

Nothing notable except a shirtless Kele Okereke. 

 

 

12. Hunting for Witches

Pure performance. Nothing special. Not every Bloc Party video can be avant-garde.

 

 

13. Tulips

Splitscreen performance scenes. Kind of boring. 

 

 

14. Two More Years

Fluorescent lights surround the band. Cool cinematography.

 

 

15. One Month Off

Tanks and fighter jets destroy various fairy tale characters including Rapunzel, Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet. Kind of strange. Not really worth watching.

 

 

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