Announcing a new Meetup for Indie/BritPop Fans United!!
What: Bloc Party @ Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT!
When: March 25,[masked]:00 PM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Meetup Description: This show is now SOLD OUT!
Venue: Terminal 5
Date: Wed 3/25
Notes: all ages
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Post-punk popsters Longwave got their start in 1999 when Steve Schlitz (vocals/guitar), Shannon Ferguson (guitar), Dave Marchese (bass), and Mike James (drums) congregated in a small New York studio to record some demos. The lineup had been fledgling for a number of years and Schlitz had been sitting on a stack of sweeping melodies, but once Ferguson left the sunny skies of California behind Longwave developed a space rock-tinged sound. Gigs in lower Manhattan melded the group's U2-inspired sound and also caught the eye of Luna Lounge owner Rob Sacher. Sacher founded Luna Sea Records soon after spotting Longwave and offered the band a deal. Endsongs marked Longwave's debut in fall 2000. It was an impressive first record full of lush string arrangements surfing around heavy guitars, certainly a different fit to what was currently happening in New York City at the time; the Strokes were hot and Detroit's own White Stripes were on a rock rampage. - MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide
Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art-punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.
The group's demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo's tracks, "She's Hearing Voices," as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band's first two singles, arrived in the States. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band's burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party's second proper album, followed in 2007.
--by Heather Phares
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