Monday, May 28, 2007

Concert Coverage - Volume 2: Bloc Party

It’s not very often when one sees converse-wearing, hoodie-clad indie kids with Tony Montana accents, but that’s the type of crowd Bloc Party draws in South Florida.

The British rockers played to a crowd of about 3,000 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Sunday, performing a fair blend of material from their two albums, Silent Alarm and A Weekend In The City.

The material from their debut album, which is more energetic and danceable, translated better in the live environments, with the definite highlights being lead singer Kele Okereke’s crowd visit during “Like Eating Glass,” the melancholy performance of “So Here We Are,” and the collective crowd bounce of “This Modern Love.”

Their current single “I Still Remember” was played very early in the set, while bassist Gordon Moakes played a xylophone for a handful of songs, including “Waiting For The 7.18.”

After a relatively short set of less than an hour, the band left the stage as rain began pouring on the audience, while stagehands quickly assembled a mirror image drum-kit on the drum riser (including the text “YTRAP COLB” on the kick-drum). But after a three song encore, it quickly became apparent that the second drum kit wouldn’t be used for an intricate drum solo or impressive display of backwards-playing. Instead, it was just a victim of Russell Lissack’s projectile guitar at show’s end.

And thus concluded a satisfactory show, but one that failed to truly impress.


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