Bloc Party played a secret gig in the pub area of the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay, Australia tonight (July 24). The band, warming up for their appearance at the Splendour In The Grass festival tomorrow (July 25), played for 400 fans and were billed as 'The Silent Alarms' – after the title of their 2005 debut album 'Silent Alarm'.
In fact the set was influenced by the temporary name, with Bloc Party playing the whole of the aforementioned first LP, plus 'Two More Years' and 'The Marshals Are Dead'. "They billed us as 'The Silent Alarms' so we decided to live up to the name," frontman Kele Okereke explained from the stage. "We're here in the most beautiful part of Australia and we wanted to do something special for you."
Like Eating Glass / Positive Tension / Two More Years / Luno / So Here We Are / Banquet / Blue Light / The Marshals Are Dead / Little Thoughts / This Modern Love / Plans / Price of Gasoline / Compliments / The Pioneers / Helicopter
She's Hearing Voices
Update: Some kind soul has posted up some videos of the gig. Watch a couple highlights below, and view the rest of the videos here!
It doesn't get much better than a 'Blue Light' and 'The Marshals Are Dead' double whammy
Brent Hodge, a film maker from Vancouver, Canada, has sent over this video he made of Bloc Party's gig in his home town earlier this year...enjoy!
Brent is a self-confessed Bloc Party addict and has posted various other Bloc-related media on his online videoblog: Hodgee Podgee. Here are BLOG PARTY's favourites...
'I Carry Your Heart'...based on E. E. Cummings' beautiful poem (which also inspired the lyrics of 'Ion Square'), soundtracked by 'SRXT'
'My Scars'...a video poem written by Brent Hodge about 'the hardships of reaching your goals...no matter what path you choose in life, where you end up, what you want, or who you're with, you will always have your memories and your scars'. Soundtracked by the early live version of 'Compliments'.
Halo / Hunting For Witches / Positive Tension / Biko / Waiting For The 7.18 / Song For Clay (Disappear Here) / Banquet / Blue Light / Uniform / One More Chance / Mercury / This Modern Love / The Prayer / Helicopter
The Bloc Party fan community was shocked to hear about the tragic death of Jennifer John, known to many people as Nettie, last week. Nettie/Jen was a vibrant member of the Bloc live scene, always seen at the front row of any gigs near London. She suffered fatal injuries in a car crash en route to watch Kasabian at the Eden Sessions in Cornwall...the band dedicated the gig to her. Bloc Party themselves had grown to know Nettie over the past few years, with Gordy himself posting this tribute...
"We're flying home from our gig at in Montreux this morning and have only just heard about Nettie's death. I think I speak for the whole band when I say we're completely floored by the news. Nettie was an amazing presence at our shows, quietly dedicated to being first in line and first on the barrier. I have lost count of the times I've looked down and seen Nettie's beaming face directly in front of me, Bloc Party t-shirt in place, camera in the air to capture that rare outing of 'Skeleton'. I saw her on the barrier at Glastonbury just last week - at the front of how many tens of thousands of people? You could set your watch by her. I can't even think of a London gig in the last few years that she's not been at. She's been part of the family for such a long time and that's why we're so upset by the news. We're having a think about what would be a fitting tribute for Nettie but beyond this we'd like to say that Nettie and her friends and family, and the whole Bloc community, are very much in our thoughts today as we come to terms with what a loss this will be to our shows from now on."
As well as being a Bloc Party über-fan (and running KeleOkereke.net), Nettie also managed a Coldplay fansite and has been remembered on their website too. Her passion, vitality, and warm-hearted personality will be sorely missed, not to mention her smiling face at the front barrier of many a rock concert.
When Jen found out about that her photo was featured on this billboard outside London's O2 Arena, she said that she'd like her friends to have their picture taken with it when passing by. Some fellow Bloc Party fans went to pay tribute to her a few days ago with letters and flowers at this spot.
Love it or hate it, Bloc Party's new single, 'One More Chance', is undeniably catchy, as addictive as a tube of Pringles in all their glutamate glory. If you can still cope with that piano riff, check out the video below. If not, put it on mute and enjoy the spectacle!
A man with mutton chop sideburns plonks enthusiastically on an electric keyboard whilst Matt looks bemused. A Blanche DuBois-esque woman preens herself whilst Kele looks glum. A vested young man pulls some shapes whilst Russell looks bored. A girl has a scary Ouija board experience whilst Gordy smiles wryly. I'll leave you to make sense of it all...
Update: Here's the video in all its YouTube glory...
Ever lay awake at night wondering what would happen if a well-respected British newspaper gave a video camera to Gordy and Matt and asked them to record their Glastonbury experience? Well, your prayers have been answered...
Disclaimer: do not try to replicate these events at home. Bloc Party will not be held responsible for any traumatic injuries involving water bottles or sofas.