Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why Music Needs Bloc Party More Than Ever

For Indie Rock/Post-Punk Revival junkies like myself there's little to listen to to satisfy our unyielding thirst for a jangly power chord , a bass drum steadily thudding along to the beat and a bass guitar vibrating your intestines.

Guitars have really fell by the wayside these past few years in music. Looking back at last year there's only seven artists I see that used guitars as a main asset on their album: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yuck, Minks, Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes.

Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes we can respectfully take out of this equation for obvious reasons.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart don't exactly "rock" as much as the type of music I'm talking about, nor do Yuck or Minks in a sense.

"Suck It and See" was just...bad.

The Strokes almost had it. God damn it was so exciting when Under Cover of Darkness was first released, I thought they had it, captured what made them so great on "Is This It" and "Room on Fire" but a large portion of the album was soft and not in the same style.

I'm not saying any of these albums are bad, just that they're not what I'm hoping for.

So what are we left with?



We do have a glimmer of hope, Bloc Party are working on a new album, and so far have around 20 songs in the making.

It's more important that Bloc Party makes an impression now than it was in 2005 when they were hyped to be the band of 2005.

In 2005 what Bloc was doing was in a sense unique compared to other bands, but they were one note in a huge landscape of riffs and handclaps. They were different from other Indie Rock bands, but the difference now and then is that there were actually other bands that were comparable to Bloc Party in 2005. In 2005 we had The Strokes (when they were better), Interpol (when they were better), Arctic Monkeys (when they were better), Editors, Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park, The Cribs, Bloc Party, The Futureheads, and so on.

Now the landscape's been deserted, there's a tumbleweed here and there (What's up Strokes?) but it seems permanently dead, uninhabited, lost and unloved.

This is why the music scene needs Bloc Party.

We need guitars.

We need bass.

We need drums.

We need Bloc Party.

We need music like this

Judging by Kele's recent remarks on Radio 1 saying that, "It's nice to make music that sounds like all four of us playing together in a room," and recent pictures that Russell has been tweeting, we have something to hold on to, something to look forward to and something we're going to be able to rock out to.

Three of the four members, calmly resting around their instruments, with the fourth one taking a picture from his. We see the guitars and drums in place of where laptops and other electronic devices would be, now we just have to wait to listen to them.

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