This past spring, the Baeble gang headed down to Austin for a little heat, humidity, and a hell of a good time at SXSW. Setting up shop at Empire Control Room and Garage, The Baeble Bounce House offered 11 bands refuge and ridiculously good crowds for the afternoon.
One of those bands happened to be the legendary, British rock outfit Bloc Party
, who came to Austin in support of their fifth studio album, Hymns
. To say we were out of our minds excited to host Kele, Russell, and Co. is a bit of an understatement. The band have always boasted one of rock's more massive sounds, punctuated by laser guided, precise hooks, rhythms that charge like a freight train, and singer Kele Okerere's signature poetics. From their 2005 debut Silent Alarm
through the present, Bloc Party have cemented their legacy as one of Britain's most exciting and enduring rock acts. We were honored to have them swing by our party and we've been counting down the days until we could release this show.
Here Kele, Russell, along with new members Justin Harris (Menomena) and 20 year old, drumming phenomenon Louise Bartle (and we thought former drummer Matt Tong was unreplaceable...silly us!) cruise through a set of songs that cherry pick from the band's decade (plus) long career. Many of Hymns
best new cuts are here, including the quirky, synth-laiden anthems "The Love Within" and "Virtue". For long time fans, the band also dig into their past, cycloning through beloved, back catalogue tracks like "Hunting For Witches", "Positive Tension", and of course "Banquet"; the Silent Alarm
-era single that's got to be considered the band's seminal classic. Throughout the course of this performance, the band is as sharp as they have ever been and the stunning lighting design takes on a presence all its own. It's a gorgeous show and we're so very excited to be able to share it with you.