10/11/07 - Tuesday night's the new night to part -
if the Oct. 2 Bloc Party show at Lupo's is any
The evening started slowly, with opening acts Smoosh
and Tokyo Police Club opening the show to little
fanfare, but when Bloc Party hit the stage, all hell
Smoosh, a trio of tween-age sisters, ranging from
11-15 years old, kicked off the show with a
surprisingly good set. The drummer, 13-year-old
Chloe, was particularly impressive, but this should
come as no surprise, since she was taught by Jason
McGerr, Death Cab's drummer.
The only negative aspect of their set was lead
singer Asya's inability to connect with the
audience. She was very energetic and fun while she
was singing, but all she said between songs was
"Thanks," which was a bit awkward.
She didn't seem to try to get the audience involved
much, even though, as one of the opening acts, that
was her purpose.
Of course, Tokyo Police Club wasn't much better. The
lead singer, Dave Monks, was definitely more
charismatic, as was the rest of the band, but
honestly, by this point it was almost 9:30 p.m. and
I think people were a little tired of opening acts.
I must say though, Tokyo Police Club's keyboardist,
Graham Wright, was the most entertaining of the
group. He was just so gloriously nerdy and
alternated between looking like he was going to have
a seizure or drop to the floor and start doing the
Now, you may think that's the same thing, but it's
not. Yes, both involve varying degrees of writhing,
but they are completely different.
It's all in the facial expression, as Wright proved,
alternating between looking whiny and vaguely
constipated and like he was about to have an orgasm.
After Tokyo Police Club left the stage, we were
tortured with another long break, waiting anxiously
for Bloc Party to take the stage. It was during this
time that some absolute genius decided to play
In an instant, Lupo's audience shifted from a group
of bored teenagers and twenty-something's to a rave,
complete with glow sticks and tacky dancing.