Kele

After a weekend of poorly received boxing action I’m genuinely hopeful that Kele and his debut album ‘Boxer’ receive a better reception than the 39 year old one punch wonder who lasted all of three rounds.

Kele

With Bloc Party currently on hiatus and rumours abound that the party might actually be over. Lead vocalist Kele has picked up the mantle started a new band and is pushing his music in a direction that suits him but perhaps not some of the early Bloc Party die-hards. Kele seems like a nice genuine unassuming bloke. He walks on stage wearing a t-shirt of his own design, a matching New-Era cap and a smile almost as wide as the stage itself. Each song is introduced not by name but by the emotional inspiration behind the words. Words delivered and sang so perfectly that every word is perfectly legible and easy to understand. The man with the smile also intent on making sure everyone in the crowd is having as good as time as he and his band are. Is it legal to have this much fun in a Library Room? If not, Kele couldn’t give a damn!

Kele

Kicking off with ‘Walk Tall’. The clap along drum beat and Kele’s crystal clear vocal in no way prepares you for the sub-bass onslaught about to be delivered. It’s the type of synthesised electric bass line that makes you feel as though you’ve swallowed a rabbit at some time in your life. And Kele’s here to replace the batteries. ‘On The Lam’ delivers the second wave bass assault of the evening. Mixing up a smattering of House, Ground shaking Dub and Dirty Drum Breaks. As far as euphoric hands in the air music goes the whole set will take some beating. If Bloc Party were the subject of a technological science class, I’d imagine the results to be very similar to the direction Kele’s now taking his band and his sound.

Kele

I had wondered if any reference would be given to Bloc Party. As it happens BP wasn’t mentioned once although the remixed medley of ‘The Prayer’, ‘Blue Light’, and ‘One More Chance’ gave an insight of what the resulting science experiment might be like. The Die-hard may be turning in their graves over what had been done to their beloved BP songs. But For every living, breathing and sweating soul in the library, it was just another excuse to throw your hands in the air and dance around like you just don’t care.

Kele

Given the sheer energy the band put into the performance not a single bead of sweat was evident. (Although the extremely attractive blonde on the keyboard did have one or two hairs out of place). I began half hoping that the band might play much longer. Sadly after only 45 minutes they called it time and went back stage for a short break – I assume so they could at least make themselves look tired and as sweaty as most of the dancing audience.

Kele

The encore starts with Kele dedicating Bloc Party’s ‘This Modern Love’ (a song Kele’s not supposed to play) to his manager and Katie Weasel (Booing everywhere). The room takes on an entirely different persona. The harsh strobe lighting has gone, replaced by broad tungsten lighting warming the room and accompanying the much softer bass and guitar riffs perfectly. Heading back into Bloc Party territory ‘Flux’ was used to very good effect at drawing a close to what had been an wholly unexpected evening of sheer emotional energy with twist.

Kele

Boxer easily went the distance and taking the Bloc Party songs into consideration. Sent it pogoing into extra time.

Kele
Gig Review by Lee Hathaway
Live Gig Photography by Gobinder Jhitta

2 Responses to “Kele + CocknBullKid @ The HMV Institute, Birmingham, UK – 15 November 2010”

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