“Do you like it hard, or do you like it soft?” Kele Okereke, front man of , asked Friday night at the Showbox SODO. “Let’s have a show of hands… Soft?” About fifteen people raised their hands. “Hard?” The crowd roared. An ecstatic Kele yelled, “Don’t be a pussy , show us what you’ve got!” and the band careened into “Ares” from their second album Intimacy. The show debuted hard-hitting tracks from the band’s new release, Four, with hammering guitar and four-on-the-floor drums. Though they bring powerful energy to the usual set, the heavy drums frequently drowned out the melody, sounding almost messy. The band sprinkled in old Silent Alarm like “Banquet,” “Positive Tension,” and “Helicopter,” sending the crowd into a frenzied, frothing swirl, fueling their energy for the new tracks. “Hunting for es” and “Song for Clay (Disappear Here)” from in the City were no exception.

Drummer Matt Tong walked out on stage with his shirt already off, ready to kill it. Russell Lissack, lead guitarist, brought his signature shreds and swishing shock of brown hair. On bass, glockenspiel, and piano was Gordon Moakes, sauntering about the stage with a cool indifference, adding backup vocals from time to time.

Rail Riders for @ Showbox SODO, , WA – 9/28/12 || Photo by

Kele ended the evening with a sobering, heartfelt message. The last time the band was in town, they had a falling out after their show at the Market and effectively split up for awhile. It was a bad time for them, so it was an emotional evening to be back in the Emerald City. Reassuring the crowd that it was the best night of the tour so far, the band segued into “This Modern Love” from Silent Alarm, the perfect soothing end to a glorious return. Openers were hardcore-punk rockers Ceremony from Rohnert Park, California.


So He Begins to Lie
Hunting for es
Positive Tension
Waiting for the 7:18
Song for Clay (Disappear Here)
Day Four
One More
We Are Not Good People
This Modern Love

Originally from San Francisco, CA, Victoria lives in Seattle, WA, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Seattle University. Her passion is making live music look as great as it sounds. She is the sole Seattle contributor for Live Music Blog, and her work has been featured in Seattle Music Insider, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. Her 2012 BFA thesis, "Seattle DIY: Live Music," has been displayed at various venues in the Seattle area. For a behind the scenes look at music, she shoots in-studio performances at local radio station KEXP.