A “rising Scottish crossover star,” Calvin Harris, has lambasted Bloc Party for their musical tedium, and it is most definitely, not at all a publicity stunt! Calvin told The Big Issue In Scotland (via NME):

A lot of these people think they’re changing the world with their music, but actually they’re just boring the shit out of everyone. Like Bloc Party – they are rubbish. They make very tedious music. What kind of person is going to make all this music and not make one single tune? What’s the point?

That’s a serious slam, but who are you? Good luck finding a magazine or blog hard-up enough to reprint your rhetoric, Calvin. Oh wait… Well fair enough, this fellow probably made his accusations after listening to A Weekend In The City, but Silent Alarm is far from rubbish. Which reminds us about the single most uncomfortable encounter we had in Austin…

After hitting some day shows, we ran into Bloc man Kele Okereke, who’ll always be a hero of ours. So we pulled ourselves together, walked up to him, and had our self-introduction and fanboy gaze met with a reflexive call-out of our disappointment with the new record (accompanied by sideways smile). That’s a first! Can you blame us, though? Can’t blame him, either. We turned it around well enough, but that wasn’t hard; he’s a right charming chap, and we’ve been Party champions from the start (still spin Silent Alarm). And we moved into a nice conversation about his picks for the festival (Amy Winehouse and Foals, if you’re curious) and the relative merits of Levi’s jeans. But still … awkwaaard. Don’t have the photographic proof, but trust us on that.

Comments (25)
  1. couldn’t agree more with Calvin, I’ve always thought their music was boring as well. then again, i find that about most indie rock. what i’ve never understood though is how they bacame famous to the masses. they seemed like something that would be popular on college radio, but i never would’ve thought they’d eventually reach the popularity they have today

  2. annie onymous  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    gotta say, i agree with calvin too.

  3. The Playlist  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    Jesus christ. Did you suck his dick? that might of been the singlemost loathsome post on Stereogum i’ve ever read and that’s saying a lot. You make him sound like Elvis Costello or something. he’s the dude from fucking Bloc Party. he’s your hero?? Christ. That band is rubbish.

  4. I’m so glad someone finally called them out on their shittyass sophomore album. Silent Alarm was mediocre too, but at least there was an iota of replayability in that album.

    Can’t wait for someone to call out Modest Mouse now, because the praise that that album is getting is sickening. And I really really loved Good News for People Who Love Bad News, so it’s not like I’m one of those old fart traditionalists or anything.

  5. robert klein  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    yes i agree, a weekend in the city was disappointing. really wish they came with something better, just the wrong direction. i love that kele called you out though. weird.

  6. The Playlist  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    While we’re calling out mediocre records, what real critic will have the balls to stand up and give the Arcade Fire record nothing higher than a B?

    I think that record is so average…

  7. bp  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    here what else is boring and rubbish: indie pukes whining about a “boring” sophmore album. “Weekend” is a solid release, much better than 99% of the crap released so far this year. Is it better than “Silent Alarm”? Probably not. But the same lot of you who are bitching about the album being boring would be bitching if it sounded the same as “Silent Alarm,” so what’s a band supposed to do?

  8. evan  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    fun, mediocre records. i nominate new modest mouse, new voxtrot, and think that the new lcd may be a little bit overrated. it’s good, but cmon people.

  9. “Big Esssssue” is a mag is produced and sold (I believe) exclusively by homeless people as charity project. I used to be guilted into buying it all the time, but I don’t think I ever read an article.

  10. Bugs Meany  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    I like Silent Alarm but come on, can anyone tell the songs apart? There’s “the slow one” and a bunch fast ones with some yelping.

  11. pics or it didn’t happen

  12. KingHater  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    “A Weekend In The City” gave the feeling of one of those EP’s of B-sides and filler material that bands sometimes release to tide over their fans until the the next proper album. Only it wasn’t.

  13. What’s interesting is the B-sides that came after the album were a better album than the actual, well, album. Version 2.0, Secret, etc.

    Weekend in the City isn’t bad, but I think it suffers from soft production.

  14. gurple  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    “he’s a right charming chap, and we’ve been Party champions from the start (still spin Silent Alarm).”

    Hey Stereogum is it THAT strange to listen to a record that is 2 years old still? Jesus…is that how disposable music is these days..especially these hot for a minute “indie” rock bands……

  15. bigphil  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    You’re right about that. If you can assemble all 11 B-sides together, they make a very nice album. Right now, i’m hooked on “We Were Lovers”, “England”, and especially “Atonement”.

    By the way, Kele is notoriously shifty when it comes to communicating with ANYONE outside of his bandmates. That’s one problem I have with him. He wants to play his music and sell records, but hates the “celebrity” aspect that comes along with being a popular band. Sometimes you can’t have it both ways.

  16. Really guys, you hating on Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, and Bloc Party – because … oh, no one gave any solid reasons. What makes these albums mediocre? I feel all three of these albums finds each band really putting together dramatic, well written songs. I’ll admit each album has a clunker track or two, but I think each album is a solid work. Just be more detailed on your criticisms is all I ask.

  17. sh  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    Yawn, I’m so bored with all these Bloc Party hoohah….. Let talk Calvin Harris. I stumbled upon this video a few days ago and thought it was quite a catchy track… though I admit it’d get annoying real quick….


  18. Jeff Goldblum  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    I don’t see why people don’t like Weekend in the City. That is some tight shit; granted, it’s no Silent Alarm, but it’s still great.

    Listen to it again.

  19. jason allen  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2007 0

    A Weekend In The City sounds like a really atricious record made by Linkin Park or Underoath. I’d rather listen to something bad like Limp Bizkit and Kevin Federline than listen to that piece of shit Gay Party record again.

    Calvin Harris just gained a lot of respect from me and all the people who care about real music.

    Someone kick out those pussies bp and John out of here. They both sound like 10-year-old fag cheerleader-wannabes who love to listen to Linkin Park and The Receiving End Of Sirens EWWWWWWWWWWWW.

  20. chris  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2007 0

    good to see a mix of pithy elitist criticism and not one but two homophobic remarks in one comment! bravo bravo.

    some valid points made in this comment field, though. there have been many other top-tier disappointments this year bigger than bloc party: air, modest mouse, etc.! bloc party’s wasn’t GREAT, but it was no means HORRIBLE, and they will hopefully learn from the mistake of making a BORING ALBUM and play music that people can be excited about with their third.

  21. rowborg  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2007 0

    I saw kele walking down 6th st during SXSW with Tim Harrington. Does anyone else think that’s an odd combination? I guess I would never have pegged those two for hanging out.

  22. drew fortson  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2007 0

    i also ran into kele at SXSW and i have a picture of him if you want it for your posting:)

  23. ave  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2007 0

    i love silent alarm but i think AWITC could’ve done so much better. and yeah, the weird thing is their b-sides for AWITC were a lot better than some of the songs on the album. they should’ve switched songs like I Still Remember and Kreuzberg for Emma Kate’s Accident, Atonement, England, Version 2, etc. it sucks that they decided to throw them out for those other songs cause that was a definite miss, imo.

  24. janea  |   Posted on Mar 26th, 2007 0

    finally someone has the balls to say it. &ditto to “The Playlist” on the arcade fire.

  25. sean  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2007 0

    naw Bloc partys great
    the B-sides ARE better then a weekend in the city
    but weekends still solid

    and who the Fuck is Calvin Harris?
    Dude some people like boring records
    they werent shooting for metal dickface

    Go grope your friends in a gaypit…I mean moshpit

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