Monday, 4 April 2005

Gig 30: Bloc Party

Bloc Party // The Ponys // The Golden Dogs @ The Opera House
(735 Queen Street East) // Sold Out // 19+
Alex + Amanda
+ Amy + Christine + Eileen + Elsie + Lindsay + Ren + Sef

What shitey weather! It was both snowing and raining with thunder. We weren't going to line up early so we stayed at Dangerous Dan for the longest time as possible even though our dinner was extremly slow. The venue was on time, shortly after 9:30pm, The Golden Dogs came on stage and put on a decent rock set. I enjoyed the performance of Dynamo and Saints at the Gates. I think they are alright, kinda fun, whatever. It could be worse...

Little bit before The Ponys hit the stage, there was this bald snob who kept asking Sef and I about The Ponys and claiming that they're going to blow off Bloc Party on stage. They were not bad but wasn't mindblowing as that guy claimed. Sef and I agreed that the band could also used a little more stage presence, actually maybe more than a little.

Like Eating Glass
Positive Tension
This Modern Love
The Marshals are Dead
She's Hearing Voices
Little Thoughts
So Here We Are
The Price of Gas
The Answer

Bloc Party's engergic performance has created a real party at this soldout venue. Everyone was dancing during the entire show, which is quite rare occurance in Toronto. Matt Tong was magnificant on the drums! (He's quite exotic actually, geeky Asian indie boy with British Accent.. purrrrr) Other than the quiet Russell, everyone had some small chatter in between songs and Kele Okereke commented at some point in the evening "the BEST music right now is from Canada". And he's right: Final Fantasy, The Arcade Fire, The Stills, Broken Social Scene, k-Os.. etc. In my opinion, Banquet and The Marshals are Dead were the best highlights of the night. Their set was short, after a short break, the band came back and performed 4 songs in the encore. It was definitely a party. I was disappointed that their manager, Simon White, wasn't on tour with them. I was meant to stalk him all night because he used to be in Menswe@r back in the Britpop days. Apparently, he got regconized quite a bit last time he was here, so he doesn't tour as much now. I didn't stick around with Amanda and Lindsay to go out with the band afterwards, I was still shitey from the night before and the weather was shitey. Ah well..

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