With a Debut Like Thisâ€¦Who Cares About Good Spelling
Bloc Party, a four-piece band from the UK, carries on the post-punk torch with precision. Like its title, Silent Alarm, their debut album is soaked with contrast, dynamism, and tension. The lead track rings out with atmospheric guitars, and a pounding rhythm. However, the chaos soon converges into a catchy hook complete with a driving punk rhythm. The jagged guitars of the politically charged â€šÃ„ÃºHelicopterâ€šÃ„Ã¹ morph into a cohesive, epic assault, while the hypnotic rhythms of â€šÃ„ÃºLunoâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are countered by spacious drum fills, providing the listener with a brief gasp of air, until it reverts back to the original structure. The more straightforward, but no less rewarding, disco-injected â€šÃ„ÃºBanquet,â€šÃ„Ã¹ juxtaposes dance beats, hand-claps, and ping-pong guitar riffs in a showcase of sophisticated songwriting.The vocal deliveries and lyrical dramas revel in the themes of tension, paranoia, and urgency. There is no better example of lyrical paranoia than on â€šÃ„ÃºSheâ€šÃ„Ã´s Hearing Voices,â€šÃ„Ã¹ when the listener hears the tale of a girl suffering from obsession and schizophrenia. The lyrics â€šÃ„ÃºSheâ€šÃ„Ã´s got a red pill/blue pill,â€šÃ„Ã¹ are repeated in harmonic unison by lead singer Kele and bassist Gordon Moakes, expressing the circular nature of her haunted persona. When the repetition relents, Kele shouts â€šÃ„ÃºCome on I know that you want it,â€šÃ„Ã¹ taunting the girl as if he is a devil on her shoulder.
Bloc Party are not innovators, they simply understand how to create a classic song without sounding derivative. Even though they build upon a musical style that dominated the 1980s underground, Bloc Partyâ€šÃ„Ã´s unique delivery and immense talent are what makes them one of the most compelling bands on the new post-punk scene.