Bloc Party Review
Venue : Transbordeur
Town : Lyon, France
Date : 11/07/2012
We arrived around 7:30pm at the doors of this well known venue that is ”Le Transbordeur ”.
Nobody outside, the show wasn’t full but the weather also wasn’t nice to say the least.
Hopefully once inside the place was packed with an audience that embodied youth but not only. Indeed Bloc Party isn’t one of this new UK bands that pops up with a big hit and struggle to stay in minds. Obviously, ”banquet” is still in every ears but the band happened to continue its career with three great and well balanced albums.
They were here tonight to promote their newest one simply called ”Four” which came out on August, the 20th
The band came up on stage at 8:20pm and started with the first track on the record ”So He Begins To Lie”. They played hard and linked powerful songs with a significative energy.
To be honest I thought there will be some really slow moments but even the softest songs were played with greatness.
Despite a lack of purity concerning the whole sound in general we felt this huge will of making us forget that it’s cold outside and that it’s sunday !
The quartet was well led by the singer’s deep and touching voice as well as the astonishing drummer, hid behind his glasses and who was hitting harsh and constantly on his set. This guy technics were really inspiring and eye catching, I spent most of the time staring at his insane riffs.
Unfortunately, the guitar was a bit low. A shame when we know the skills of the man and his amazing effects.
Kele took some freedom to speak a bit with the audience, telling us that they haven’t been here since their first ever European tour. And they were pleased to enjoy their 10 years of career with us tonight.
The audience took time to warm itself up but after six or seven songs, they gave the response the band performance deserved.
The stage was sober, four colored squares on the background and a few lightning effects but the magic was elsewhere.
The band really seemed to enjoy playing for us and we could feel it. After a first break they offered some surprises with a cool Rihanna cover of ”We found love” and a disco tune, ”One More Chance” that transformed the building into a huge dance floor.
The set list was well chosen, fast and efficient, getting directly to the point. A great Rock gig of 1:20mn with tiny other delightful shades.
They ended up after a second break with their interesting single ”Octopus” and the magnificent ”Helicopter” that left the audience going back home with a broad grin. Pretty scarce for a Sunday night.
youtube snippit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVhjPyDcOJE