We drop the lighter into the gas
If the whole world is watching us
Let them watch, let them watch

from Bloc Party – Kettling Lyrics on Rap Genius


A late but welcome take on the 2011 London riots, Bloc Party uses “Kettling” to continue their support of the riot participants. “Kettling” is a police tactic that traps large riots and contains the scene, but the band uses this mass gathering for another purpose: public destruction. Eager to televise the chaos, the group commits arson and spreads anarchy, making sure that everyone can see how Britain can act under pressure. They survived the war, after all.

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