Bloc Party at Southampton Guildhall

Bloc Party
Bloc Party
Joe Satriani. Picture by Joseph Cultice

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Arguably one of Britain’s most seminal rock acts of the past decade, Bloc Party banish fears of inter-band friction with a storming performance at Southampton Guildhall.

The four-piece returned in the summer with album Four following a three-year hiatus. And the break has done Kele and co the world of good.

Throughout the two-part set, they look assured and seem to be enjoying their rediscovered flame.

Four’s pulsating, energy-infused rock sounds fresh for 2012’s ears, none more so than Kettling. But it’s the hits from 2005’s breakout album that roused the sell out crowd to a frenzy.

Banquet and Helicopter generate the best response of the night, while She’s Hunting Witches and Flux nearly reduced the great hall to a rubble.

The highlight for me was the gorgeous This Modern Love.

For all the trouble Britain’s endured since their absence, perhaps Bloc Party have returned at the right time. Sounding more relevant than ever, they prove music still has something to say.