The British post-punk band Editors have always been a personal favorite of mine. They came to prominence during the 00’s post-punk revival scene with bands like Bloc Party and Interpol. They have managed to keep releasing albums and touring over the past decade.
“All Sparks” is one of the best tracks from the band’s catalog. It features a prominent guitar riff and danceable drumbeat that is furtherly heightened by Tom Smith’s baritone vocals. Check it out.
When I first heard Bloc Party’s third studio album “Intimacy” many years ago, I was not impressed and agreed with the critics mixed reception of the band. I wanted the band to continue their post-punk sound and was turned off by the electronic direction they ventured into. I listened to the album once and didn’t return to it till a few years later, and after really listening to it, I must say it is one of their best albums.
“Intimacy” has vocalist/rhythm guitarist Kele Okereke stretching his vocal range that wasn’t apparent on the band’s previous records. Kele’s volumnious voice matches perfectly on the electronic and synth-heavy tracks ‘Mercury’ and ‘One Month Off’. Russel Lissack’s guitar is still paramount on many tracks and even drives it along, especially on the scatterbrain sound of ‘Trojan Horse,’ which has become one of my favorite tracks off the record. ‘Zephyrus’ has a more ethereal sound with its loop of Kele’s and a choir’s harmonious vocals. It is a surprising track on the album that really throws you off and hooks you in.
This album has many standout tracks on it including ‘Better Than Heaven’ with its more somber sound and drum loop. Kele sings about a relationship that has undergone a change for the worse. Russel’s quick-fingered guitar riff pops out constantly throughout the track.
It took me several repeats of listening to “Intimacy” before I became a fan of the record. The electronic sound works very well in the band’s favor and even allows them to branch out into uncharted waters. The album was a risk by the band, but a much-needed one to prove to fans (including me) that they are not defined by a specific sound or genre. The album is a representation of the band’s need to grow and expand their musical horizons and not remain stagnant. I can now say that I am glad they decided to risk their sound and produce such a stellar record that I return to over and over again.
When Bloc Party came out with their debut album Silent Alarm back in 2005, the band literally changed my life. Not only was the album absolutely incredible, but also it was the first time that I saw a black man (someone that looked like me) performing and creating memorable songs in the predominately white indie rock/post-punk sphere. Kele Okereke became a hero of mine and made it my job to always stay aware of whatever he and the band were doing ever since. He and several other musicians inspired me to create my own music and to never stick to one specific sound.
“Tulips” is one of my favorite tracks from Bloc Party. The remix version by Minotaur Shock is phenomenal with its downbeat and atmospheric sound. Kele’s voice comes off as almost haunting in its subdued delivery. Check it out.
The continuous gloomy and rainy weather has put me into a post-punk mood. I have been listening to Bloc Party and The Twilight Sad hour after hour. I finally got a chance to check out Italian post-punk band Soviet Soviet who have been in the news recently due to Trump’s travel ban. The band’s music is reminiscent of 80’s post-punk mixed with shoegaze.
“Further” is an aggressive and heavy song that instantly floors you with its driving sound. Check it out.
With the changing of the season and drop in temperature, I return to my favorite genre of music: Post-punk. I am going to start the series off right with a post-punk revival song from one of the best band’s to do it: Bloc Party. “This Modern Love” is the best track from their debut album “Silent Alarm” with its intricate guitar riffs. Check it out above.
Bloc Party was one of the first post-punk bands I got into during the mid 2000s and I have been listening to them on a daily basis ever since. This band has produced an abundance of material that is quite amazing to behold. During their hiatus after their third album “Intimacy” lead singer Kele Okereke went solo and released an album and a few EPs that were solid until the band returned in 2012.
“Letter to My Son” is a bonus track off of “Intimacy” and features that classic mix and blend of guitars between Kele and Russell. Check it out above.
Bloc Party’s lead singer Kele Okereke has just released his newest solo album “Trick” and it proves to be an amazing followup to “The Boxer”. The songs on this record is much more downbeat and displays its UK garage/ post-dubstep influences that has become a major influence to various artists.
One of the best songs on the album is “Humour Me”. The song is a dance track with a dark bass beat playing throughout. Kele’s vocals blend perfectly with the bouncing beat. Check it out.