Bloc Party @ Glasgow Garage 19/06/12

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Bloc Party played their first ‘fan club’ gig tonight in a very small venue to mark the start of their comeback with new album Four.

Hitting the stage to a bursting at the seams venue, we were treated to two new songs. The sound was just a little off and unusually Kele’s voice just wasn’t quite on point. At first I wondered if it was just how the new songs were meant to sound, but by the time third song ‘Mercury’ was played the vocals still weren’t quite there.

Up next was ‘Hunting For Witches’ and it was clear Bloc Party were getting into their groove and becoming comfortable on stage once again.  Two new songs later and we were treated to ‘Song For Clay’ and ‘Banquet’, both of which – but in particular the latter – sounding exquisite; no vocal or sound problems from this point in. The crowd reaction to these was superb and finally the gig had really kicked off. At the end of the song, Kele simply said “That’s more like it Glasgow!…”

The new material sounds like a natural progression of the band, but definitely more akin to Silent Alarm than Intimacy. There is still a lot of samples, intense drumbeats and the like, but the overall feel is much less dance then the most recent releases. On the back of the new material tonight I am very much looking forward to hearing Four when it is released.

‘This Modern Love’ and ‘Helicopter’ were the perfect end to the main set, and the crowd were left baying for more. Thankfully we weren’t left waiting long before new song ‘Truth’ was aired prior to an amazing final trilogy of ‘Ares’, ‘Like Eating Glass’, and ‘Flux’ which raised the bar and the roof of the venue.

It was clear that the band had a great time at tonight’s show, the new material sounded impressive, and the crowd welcomed Bloc Party back as long-lost friends. Will album Four see the band ascend to even greater heights? Here is hoping so.

Bloc Party Setlist The Garage, Glasgow, Scotland 2012
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