Bloc Party set off on a short run of shows in the US for the first time in three years, and fans of the band couldn’t have asked for a better reason why. The band set out to play their debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ in full. Fans in Philadelphia had a really great night out at Franklin Music Hall as they were hit by a huge wave of nostalgia.
Opening up the show was a band by the name of Cults from New York. The indie pop band hit the stage and played a really pleasant, laidback set. Lead singer Madeline Follin has such a beautiful, soft voice. It was the kind of performance where you caught yourself swaying back and forth, eyes closed, to soak in all the sounds.
When Bloc Party took the stage, fans perked up and grabbed their friends. The Franklin Music Hall was packed in pretty tight, but that didn’t stop anyone from dancing along to their favorite tracks off of ‘Silent Alarm’. Audiences in the U.S. got to hear songs the band hasn’t played in this country in a number of years including “Plans”, “Little Thoughts”, and “The Pioneers”. Fans also heard “Luno” for the first time on U.S soil. Everything about this show reminded me of simpler days back in high school when all of my friends would hang out and just jam to whatever we would shuffle on. That was the thing that was so great about this show. All around me were people and their friends jamming out, so carefree as if they were taken back to these simpler times. The band played through the album and then came back on stage to play a five song encore which included songs such as “Octopus” and “Flux”. Overall, it was a really fantastic show and a great performance.
Nicole DiBenedetto is a photographer based out of New Jersey. She likes making new friends and meeting new people so catch her out in the pit and say hi!