Hum, apparemment, le nouveau Bloc Party, “A Weekend In The City“, a deux titres qui ne sont pas totalement innocents en termes de paroles (“I Still Remember” et “Kreuzberg“) l’une d’elles se basant sur le coup de foudre entre deux écoliers (“We left our trousers by the canal“). Des paroles du frontman Kele Okereke qui, semblerait-il, va devoir sortir du placard, ce qu’il a voulu éviter pour la sortie de leur premier opus “Silent Alarm“. Allez courage Kele, [lien url=https://www.visual-music.org/visualteam-382.htm]Yves[/lien] est sur Visual aussi désormais !
Bloc Party qui semble aussi bouder la France pour l’instant avec les dates apparues sur le [url=http://www.blocparty.com/]site officiel[/url] de leur nouvelle tournée mondiale.
“And then, most problematic of all, there are Kele Okereke’s issues with sexuality. During the many interviews Bloc Party conducted during 2005, as their debut album Silent Alarm went from critical rave to million-selling commercial hit, from Mercury nominee to NME’s Album of the Year, the subject of whether Okereke is or isn’t gay was the pink elephant in the room. In a musical form that is usually beerily, boorishly white, male and heterosexual, Okereke was a refreshingly different kind of indie icon. The possibility that he was not just unusual but unique – a black, gay role model for indie kids – meant that for many fans the focus seemed necessary rather than just prurient. Nonetheless, just as he hated being reduced to ‘black guy in indie band’, he refused to be drawn either way on his sexuality.
‘I didn’t talk about it when I did interviews for the last record because it wasn’t an area really reflected in the music; I didn’t talk about race for the same reason. Why was that still a discussion point? The only reason it was a discussion point was because of the racial prejudice that exists in the mainstream media.’
But A Weekend in the City is a record full of intriguing lyrics and scenarios. Two songs, ‘I Still Remember’ and ‘Kreuzberg’, seem to explicitly explore homosexuality. The former is about a crush between two schoolboys (’We left our trousers by the canal’). The latter is about gay promiscuity. So has Okereke decided to talk about his sexuality?
‘I think I’m going to have to. With the first album I didn’t think it was essential to the experience. I didn’t want to have to talk about it in a tabloid way. It wasn’t there in the songs, so why did people need to know? But yeah, there are songs on this record that do feel like they’re about desire, longing. So yeah,’ he concludes, ‘I am gonna talk about that.’
In the Shoreditch pub, Okereke gulps at his glass of wine. He is, justifiably, nervous about all this. A Weekend in the City is his unflinchingly honest depiction of a world of drugs, racism, religion, suicide, gay sex, violence, youth in hoodies and white vigilantes. This is London, it says, and this is now. The record doesn’t presume to have all the answers; it is as confused and confusing as life is for young people. It also sounds terrifically exciting, a crunching mix of guitars, electronic beeps and multilayered vocals; a great leap forward for British music.”