The press release for Bloc Party’s late 2013 EP, The Next Wave Sessions, promised that it “amalgamates the visceral energy of Bloc Party live.”
Which is odd, because I don’t often think of anything this accessible as “visceral.” In fact, dollars to donuts you’re gonna be hearing this at K-Mart soon. And you’ll be sure to hear songs “Montreal” and “Children of the Future” at your next frat house make-out party.
That isn’t to say The Next Wave Sessions is horrendous. I didn’t vomit. But there’s nothing new, avant-garde or interesting about this release. And certainly nothing visceral.
My advice as a crotchety, aging goth is to give yourself a history lesson, kids, by going directly to the original synthwave/depresso rock. Check out anything from the 4AD label’s late-80s to early-90s output.
As a compromise, how about this: you promise to keep partying with the Bloc to a minimum and I’ll temper how much I profess my undying love for “Blue Monday.” Deal? – (3/10)
Meghan Vogel also contributes to Northern California print magazine Savage Henry.