((Bloc Party)) Band Profile and Upcoming Los Angeles Concerts - Oh My Rockness

Bloc Party are a little less dandy than Franz Ferdinand, but you can still dance to them if you want. These Brits, who sound a whole lot like Wire meets Blur, are the next "next big thing." They've released a few EP's that were very well received, and have an upcoming full-length due soon on Vice (and we all know a Vice signee is good for a 8-15 month membership to Club Cool.)

What I like most about Bloc Party is that they aren't just about choppy riffs to make you wiggle (Franz, are you listening?) They've also written some extraordinary guitar parts that soar melodically over the now-genre-standard driving rhythms. It sounds similar to how the dude from Pretty Girls Make Graves plays. And god knows I'm a sucker for any player who works his way down the frets. And while they won't change the world, when Bloc Party are on they are really ON. At their best they can be inspiring. At their worst they are "fun." And that's not too bad. No one ever accused me of being "fun" at my worst.
Published August 31, 2006
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