Last night, me and boo went to Bloc Party (see below, duhvs). On a whole the show was good. The first band, the Noisettes, were just that. A really loud band with a girl lead singer. Who was black. And who Zach said looked like the girl from 28 Days Later. Whatever. Next on the bill was the Kills, who were also eh. Kind of had a Raveonettes thing going on, but far creepier. Zach, once again in scary movie mode, concluded that their lead singer looked like Samara from The Ring movies. He, of course, was right on both charges1.
Then was the main course, Bloc Party. Since most of the reviews I had read said that they weren't nearly as good live as they are on record (and Silent Alarm is really, really good -- like Top 10 of 2005 good), we were a little worried that they would be underwhelming. This wasn't true, but then again, they weren't overwhelming. I guess they were simply whelming. The show was highlighted by the following things: a Michael Jordan jersey, a strangely gay-dancing man in front of us, and a girl who quite obviously didn't fit in so instead got wasted and yelled constantly (not to mention jump like an idiot, needless to say, me and her are not friends). According to Kele (the lead singer who I had no idea was black upon first listen) pretty much the whole band was sick, but then again we couldn't understand anything the guys on stage were saying due to thick Cockney accents. Sure the acoustics of the Congress theatre could have been better, sure Kele can't really sing (but everyone already knows that), sure they can't exactly replicate the songs from the album but they were just good. Not transcendent (like Arcade Fire or Pixies at Lollapalooza2), but good. It wasn't one of those shows that makes you want to listen to a band non-stop or elevates a band to a higher status in your brain, but it certainly was enjoyable. Also, the trip home was my all-time favorite from .... ANY. EVENT. EVER. Hopefully, that success can be trumped on trip home from Arcade Fire on September 28, 2005 the year of our Lord.
- Also on the Zach tip, his girlfriend indeed wear a hat as predicted in my concert preview.
- Or even the Strokes the first time I saw them; which little to our knowledge would be the first time Eve and I shared the same room. Of course this fact wasn't discovered until roughly 2 years later, but still that further enhances one of my top 5 concert experiences ever. But I got to meet Nick V. after the show and she didn't and I'm typing this simply to remind her of that fact. Also, I should bring up that I own Is This It? on vinyl.