Today, let's revisit Bloc Party
's 2016 set at Austin, Texas's very own Empire Control Room & Garage at SXSW. Though this footage was taken post-band reshuffling, after drummer Matt Tong and bassist Gordon Moakes left the outfit within two years of each other, Bloc Party puts on a great show, with frontman Kele Okereke delivering talent and charisma in heavy doses, and new drummer Louise Bartle's wildly good drumming chops.
Bloc Party released their album Hymns
last year and wrapped a tour in February this year. Though the band hasn't been in the press recently, lead singer Kele Okereke dropped a third solo album last week. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's pretty incredible. It's nowhere near the hyper, sexy music of Bloc Party: it's Okereke's haunting personal and political music about fatherhood and queerness.
Do not miss his melodically cheerful (but lyrically devastating) duet with Years & Years
' Olly Alexander on the track "Grounds for Resentment
." Okereke's solo music is very different from his work with Bloc Party, so if you haven't listened to previous albums Trick
or The Boxer
, consider this a warning: there may or may not be some soft saxophone on that duet.