Remember when you first heard people gushing about British rock act Bloc Party in the mid 2000s? They were hailed as this game-changing indie band playing a punk-new wave hybrid that was energetic, infectious, and plain freaking awesome. You didn’t quite know then what such a thing would sound like, but as soon as you heard Kele Okereke shout through early Bloc Party numbers as guitars danced off each other and drums burst convulsively in the background, you said to yourself, “THIS IS MY JAM, YO!”
That was then. Over the span of their four-album career, the four-piece composed of Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong changed musical gears so markedly that it’s safe to assume that some older fans were lost along the way. And if it weren’t for Okereke’s heavily accented singing, some newer fans probably wouldn’t be able to tell a pre-2007 Bloc Party tune if it hit them on the head with a spastic drumbeat.
As the Brit indie rockers get ready to perform in Manila for the first time on March 22, Friday at the World Trade Center, it’s time you brushed up on your Bloc Party listening! Here, we list seven songs that represent the changing faces of Bloc Party, which will serve you well if you’re a new fan who’s just beginning to get familiar with the band’s trajectory, or a casual fan who knows—gasp!—only, like, two songs by them. (Your secret’s safe with us.)
“Banquet” (Silent Alarm, 2005)