Bloc Party @ NYC's Terminal 5 (08/07)

Posted on August 12, 2012 - by Breeana Mulligan

Photo: Breeana Mulligan

The anticipation was rising. Fans impatiently assembled to see Bloc Party on the first of three sold out concerts at Terminal 5. The popular British alternative rock band had finally returned to New York City after a nearly five-year hiatus. The fans had waited long enough, but as Kele Okereke & Co. demonstrated Tuesday night, the wait was well worth it.

Promoting their fourth record, appropriately titled 'Four,' Bloc Party played relatively new tracks off the album, but the crowd didn't appear too unfamiliar with them. The set started with a standout song called "3x3." The audience danced, jumped around, and sung their hearts out as if the evening was never going to end. Fans of the group weren't the only ones happy the band was back; the four-piece constantly thanked the audience for their continued support. The fun was shared by all, noting a seemingly pleased Okereke as saying, "You must be having fun. We could smell the weed."

The set consisted of hit singles "Hunting for Witches" and "Banquet" as well as fan favorites "Blue Light," "Here We Are," and "One More Chance." Bloc Party kept everyone wanting more as they played not one but two encores, one of which included a very entertaining cover of Rihanna's "We Found Love." Many would argue that the band's abbreviated take on the Top 40 hit is better than the original.

As vocalist/guitarist Kele Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong took their final bow, the audience was still begging for more. But the band kept smiling and looked as happy as ever. Once the UK outfit left the stage, it was saddening that such an incredible night had to end so soon, but this is only the beginning of a new era for Bloc Party, and that's certainly reassuring.

Setlist:

3x3
Trojan Horse
Hunting for Witches
Positive Tension
Real Talk
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Blue Light
One More Chance
So Here We Are
The Prayer
Day Four
Octopus
Flux
Helicopter
Ares
This Modern Love