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Bloc Party

17 March 2005

Post-punk apostles de jour, Bloc Party, reveal they're not the hardest when it comes to festivals, but say they'll definitely be roughing it to play at this year's Glastonbury!

Hot on the success of their debut album 'Silent Alarm', bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong take time out from tearing up the charts and touring out of their skins to speak to Virtual Festivals.

VF: Congratulations on the success of Silent Alarm. How does it feel?
Matt: It feels pretty good. Weíre all a little surprised actually, how well itís gone, so I guess weíre kind of shocked, but delighted at the same. The last thing you think about when youíre plugging away in North London toilet venues is having gold albums. So itís a big surprise. The attentionís been quite overwhelming, but weíll get used to that in time, I think.

VF: Has the band dynamic changed at all as your recognition has grown?
Gordon: Not radically. You find these kind of relationships do change anyway over time. Thereís always a slight family dynamic, hereís big brother today, or someone else gets a bit sulky, or somebodyís not feeling so well, you adapt constantly to that. So I think weíre just growing and learning more about each other, when to look out for each other and when to give each other a bit of space.

VF: Any fighting yet?
Gordon: No fighting as yet. Weíve had the odd sharp comment, but thatís nothing new. It seems ok, given the kind of stress that potentially we could be under. I think it would be different if things werenít going as well as you were hoping rather than the other way around. Thatís when you would start getting a bit tense about stuff.

VF: Having recently completed the NME Tour with Kaiser Chiefs, The Futureheads and The Killers, how do you feel you guys compare to other bands in terms of behaviour?
Gordon: Well, I think weíre kind of rather boringly well behaved as a band, apart from the odd kinda drunken escapade. Most of the bands on that tour were pretty likeminded in that sense. There was nothing ridiculous at all about our antics, we were all quite sensible. Thereís new wave of sensible bands.
Itís always been a bit of a myth that all bands do is go completely haywire at any given opportunity. When you actually do come across a band like that, and Iíve met maybe one or two, itís so unbelievable that you just canít take them seriously.

VF: Do you want to name names?
Gordon: Although I must admit we havenít really spent that much time in the company of The Bravery, from what I can tell they make quite an effort to show how much they drink. They come stumbling into rooms, carrying bottles of stuff as if to say Ďlook at usí. If you have any real knowledge about what itís like to be in a band you know that like you canít behave like that, you have to work so hard.

VF: Whatís been your most bizarre experience to date?
Matt: Probably getting a request from my landlord to get a signed album for his daughter. I have absolutely no idea how he knew we were in a band. He sent me a note in the mail. I donít know if I can exploit this to my advantage yet, Iím investigating the possibilities.
Gordon: Russell got kidnapped at a gig in Liverpool. Russell had access to some whiskey which is not a good thing for him. He was later seen wandering the streets in a daze, and we all went to get a bit of food after the gig. He was accosted by some girls who were quite taken with him. Russ was leaning in this car window, talking to them, and Matt thought it would be quite funny to up him into the window of the carÖ and they drove off with his legs in the air! Russ managed to convince them to drop him off and he scrambled away. With Russell and Matt, you donít put anything past them to be honest. Theyíre just like big kids with access to alcohol.

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Article by: Laura Foster
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