Bloc Party@Gasometer, May 5th 2007

Ahh.. Bloc Party. the dance-indie British geniuses.
I don’t have much to complain about with the set they played. It was a nice mix between old and new songs, they opened with the first song on the new album and moved straight back to their debut with Positive Tension. I was standing in the second row – I did make some enemies trying to push my way through tank top girls and indie boys kissing their tight pants girlfriends – and I felt it. I mean, I actually danced. That’s almost a first. For every single song, no matter how well you knew it, you just wanted to sing along to absolutely everything, not miss a single word. Towards the end of the main set (Uniform or the Prayer, I’m not too sure anymore) Kele gave half a dozen stage guys something to do, he (successfully) tried to climb down the stage taking his microphone along, made quite a few first and second row people happy by touching the hands they were reaching out as he walked up and down in front of the stage. He was happy.
He was this boy happy to be on stage and to make music.

Nevertheless, in the back of my head I was thinking what a shame it was never to have seen them on a smaller stage. Every song seemed to have lost its meaning, thrown out into the air like this, being danced to.
Every time I listen to Silent Alarm I am disturbed by how dark it actually is.
But when you see it live, you forget.
Live, Bloc Party become entertainers rather than musicians. It was still an amazing experience, I just felt that there was something missing, and I’m not quite sure what it was.

In any case.. I was a nerd (a friend of mine actually did say that when she saw I was writing up the setlist) so here it is:

Main Set:
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Positive Tension
Hunting For Witches
Waiting for the 7.18
Banquet
Where is home?
This Modern Love
The Prayer
Two More Years
Uniform
So Here We Are
Like Eating Glass

Encore:
I still remember
She’s Hearing Voices
SRXT
Helicopter

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