Bloc Party rocks out at Lupo's on Tuesday
Review courtesy of Erin Shea from the University of RI The Good 5c Cigar
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 broke loose.
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 worm.
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 "Sandstorm."
In an instant, Lupo's audience shifted from a group of bored teenagers and twenty-somethings to a rave, complete with glow sticks and tacky dancing.