Bloc Party will perform the band’s milestone debut album, Silent Alarm, from start to finish on Monday, Sept. 16 at The Anthem!
When it was released in 2005, Silent Alarm was a rallying cry in independent music. The album was met with widespread critical and commercial success, achieving multi-platinum sales throughout the world, and earning Bloc Party a Mercury Prize nomination, in addition to establishing them as one of the most exciting new artists to emerge from the UK.
The album has since been heralded as one of the most influential and important of the decade by outlets as diverse as Pitchfork, Q, Newsweek, Spin, Complex, Clash, and more, whilst NME named it as one of the best of all time. Today, Bloc Party are Kele Okereke (vocals, guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Justin Harris (bass), and Louise Bartle (drums).
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Upon its release, The New York Times hailed Silent Alarm as “thrilling.”
“What separates Bloc Party from too many other post-punk revivalists is that their music holds a spirit of urgency that’s matched by a gift for scrambling their sources. The band conjures frenzy with neat strategies that keep unleashing surprises: steady drumbeats that sporadically burst into a gallop and guitar parts that juggle blunt chords, glassy high notes, fierce scrabbling tremolos and sudden jabs. And just when the music threatens to become pure propulsion, a melody line appears,” The New York Times said.