Silent Alarm is the debut studio album by English rock band Bloc Party. Recorded in Copenhagen and London in mid-2004 with Paul Epworth as producer, it was released on 2 February 2005, by Wichita Recordings. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. It has sold over a million copies in the UK and the U.S. since its release.
About Silent Alarm in brief
Silent Alarm is the debut studio album by English rock band Bloc Party. Recorded in Copenhagen and London in mid-2004 with Paul Epworth as producer, it was released on 2 February 2005, by Wichita Recordings. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it entered the Billboard 200 at number 114 and the Billboard Independent Albums at number seven. The double A-side \”So Here We ArePositive Tension\”, \”Banquet\” and \”Pioneers\” were released as singles. Silent Alarm went on to achieve worldwide sales of over one million copies. It was remixed in 2005 and re-released with bonus tracks to coincide with Bloc party’s worldwide touring schedule. The band believed that 21st-century rock music could survive if people started merging styles that aren’t supposed to be together, rather than in work crafted in the later work of R&B&B artists such as U2 and U2’s lead singer Justin Timberlake. The group’s goal was to make a record that appealed to followers of different musical genres, not just punk and hip hop. The songwriting evolved from the band’s demo songs recorded in 2004. Frontman and chief writer Kele Okereke wanted the album to emphasise the importance of finding pleasure in small mundane things, because \”those are the sort of things that can be incredibly touching\”. The album was born out of “a nagging youthful urgency” and the realisation that responsibility has to be taken for the first time as a young adult.
It has received widespread critical acclaim upon release, with praise often centred on its fast tempo and passionate delivery. The band members declined a contract offer from Parlophone because they did not want to work for a major record label and instead signed a recording contract with East London indie label Wichita recordings. After drummer Matt Tong auditioned and joined the trio, the band members’ song writing evolved and they started crafting tracks for Silent Alarms. BlocParty’s goal when making the album was to give the music more depth, sonically and sonically rather than making a punk funk funk record rather than make a punk rock record. After the release of the album, the group embarked on promotional tours before its release. It is still one of the most successful British bands of all time and has sold over a million copies in the UK and the U.S. since its release in 2005. It also has a strong following in Australia and New Zealand, where it has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been released as a single in the US and Canada. The single was followed by the May 2004 double A side single, BanquetStaying Fat, produced by PaulEpworth. The EP was subsequently released by Moshi Moshi Records in theUK, containing all three previous songs and new material. It contains all three previously recorded songs and a new material, as well as two bonus tracks.