Just when you thought all the tip-top concerts for 2019 had concluded, a four-piece indie rock juggernaut out of London, England showcased their stamina and musicality at the famed Hollywood Palladium. Bloc Party, a vastly cherished band from the early 2000s graced Los Angeles for two nights of sold-out teen angst and wistfulness.
Circa 9:15 PM, three English lads + one madam began performing what would become one of the most talked-about shows of the year. As the stage lights grew profoundly, Silent Alarm, the band’s most notorious and storied album, took center stage. Marketed heavily, the band informed their fans months before via show flyers and social media that this tour would be different, electing to play the 2005 LP in its entirety.
Opening up with “Compliments”, the band began their performance with the last song on the album first. A wise move to do such, the audience reacted positively and began to build momentum.
Subsequent tracks such as “Plans”, “Luno” and “Blue Light” rattled the Hollywood Palladium more and more, causing fans in the audience to start taking off their critic jackets and unfolding their judgemental arms.
Lead singer Kele Okereke took a moment before the final push of the main set to great fans, thank them, and inform them that this was the final night of the tour. With that said, he made sure everyone’s energy rose up for the monster hit tracks “Banquet”, “Positive Tension”, “Helicopter” and “Like Eating Glass”.
The band returned to the stage after thunderous applause to play a handful of hits that garnered an encore like no other. Here’s to hoping Bloc Party will be releasing new material in the new year.