Bloc Party are a very special band. They are the kind of band that means something to people, and and have been the soundtrack to many lives over the course of their career. Their 2005 masterpiece, Silent Alarm, was a wake up call to the UK indie scene that was stagnating around bands that all sounded the same. It was a dance album disguised as a rock album, it blurred the lines between genre and was a truly unique album of its time. Kele Okereke’s ambiguous and observational lyrics, touching on life, love, and cultural politics captured the hearts teenagers and young adults as if he was saying all the things everyone wished they could.
Then came their 2007 follow up, A Weekend In The City, which played out like an East London hangover. The music was centred more around big beats and towering crescendo’s, while lyrically targeting the media’s vilification of emo and indie rock artists for being a bad influence, as well as sexuality, confusion, and further growing pains. From there the band took several turns and their music would go in many directions, a hiatus, Okereke’s solo career, and numerous band member changes.
This year they have been performing Silent Alarm in full around the world. This more than an nostalgia trip; It is a celebration of a band that defined an era.
Check out some of the fantastic rarities and collectables from Bloc Party that we have in stock now, and take a look at some highlights below.
A Weekend In The City: Official 2007 UK In-House Platinum LP award issued to commemorate album sales in excess of 300,000 copies. This nicely framed and glazed award measures 19″ x 16″ in size, and features a Platinum LP with overlapping album artwork and the authentic, custom engraved dedication plaque, black matt mount & die-cut surround with the Union ‘Jack’ flag in the top left corner, within a metal frame.
Silent Alarm: Rare 2005 UK 1st issue Strictly Limited Edition 13-track vinyl LP Picture Disc, the debut album by the British indie rock band including the single releases ‘Helicopter’, ‘Banquet’ and ‘Plans’. The disc has the album cover printed on Side A and the track listing printed on the Side B, housed in a PVC sleeve
Hymns: Autographed 2016 UK 11-track double LP pressed on White Vinyl, the fifth studio album by English indie rock band including the singles The Love Within, The Good News and Virtue, gatefold picture sleeve with lyric printed inner sleeves & download code card for the entire album & four extra tracks. The sleeve has been boldly signed by Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Justin Harris and Louise Bartle across the front in black marker pen.
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