When Rock goes Electro

October 13, 2009

In music news this week, British indie quartet Editors have just dropped their third LP, In This Light and on This Evening. Over the years, the band has continuously drawn criticism for being too similar to seminal post-punk outfit Joy Division. Well, on this album they’ve tackled these criticisms head on, and turned down the road that so many indie bands seem to go down- by ditching the rock and turning electro. But why is it that bands feel they must give up playing real instruments and experiment so early on? And is it a career-ender, or can it be a positive thing? This post looks at some case studies, both good and bad, to find out…

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Bloc Party

It all began innocently with a text during my law lecture this afternoon. ‘Bloc party are playing a secret show in the Valley tonight…be there’. And although it wasn’t actually so secret in the end (turns out it was a competition with the Nova radio station, of all things), the gig was incredible. 300 of our (not so) closest friends gathered in the cramped but much-loved Valley Studios to witness another side of Bloc Party seldom heard before. Full review after the jump.

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