Bloc Party - Garage, Glasgow, Tue 19 Jun (4 stars)

Bloc Party - Garage, Glasgow, Tue 19 Jun

Glasgow gig marks band's return to live performance

‘This is the best possible start to the return of Bloc Party I could ever imagine,’ gushed Kele Okereke as his band made their first official appearance on a stage since October 2009, with rumours abounding that they’d called it a day more than once since then. Yet here they are, Okereke dressed in the full neon rave-kid style he adopted for his solo album in front of a bank of eye-searing lights just waiting to be rolled out in arenas across the land, making Glasgow the lucky city chosen to host their comeback.

It really was some show, not just for the revival of many a Bloc Party classic, including the jagged post-punk thrill of ‘Hunting For Witches’, the goth romance of ‘This Modern Love’, the punch-drunk aggression of ‘Ares’ and the familiar synth-pop pulse of ‘Flux’. There were also a raft of new tracks debuted from their forthcoming album Four, the pick of which were the latterday Blur croon of ‘Real Talk’, the staggering post-punk call to arms of ‘Team A’ (‘not The A-Team,’ cautioned Okereke) and ‘Truth’s gently anthemic tenderness; its key line ‘because I am yours now, truthfully’ doubling as a reaffirmation to his fans.

Bloc Party

Post-punk politicists from London.

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