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Bloc Party are a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".

In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named Indie Album of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain. The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200. In August 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio record, Intimacy which entered the UK Albums Chart at number eight and number eighteen on the Billboard 200. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects. They reunited in September 2011, and shortly thereafter released their fourth album, Four, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number three. In 2013, Bloc Party released their third EP titled The Nextwave Sessions in August; the band then began an indefinite hiatus to continue with their respective side projects. , Bloc Party have sold two million albums worldwide.

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Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release new solo album, 'Trick'

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke to release new solo album, 'Trick'

Frontman to follow 2010 debut 'The Boxer'

  • Jul 23, 2014

Bloc Party's Kele Okereke says black British music culture is being eroded

"The people who are reaping the greatest rewards from black music are not black" he writes

  • Jun 19, 2014

Kele Okereke to release vinyl single made on a 3D printer

'Down Boy' will be put out in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robins

  • Nov 20, 2013

Bloc Party to release 'Tapes' for !K7 label mixed by Kele Okereke

Frontman describes working on the mix as "like having an affair"

  • Sep 4, 2013

Bloc Party play last show before hiatus at Latitude Festival

The Maccabees, Cat Power and Tim Burgess also performed at the first day of the Suffolk festival

  • Jul 20, 2013

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Octopus

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Leeds & Reading walk on 2008

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Bloc Party Reviews

Bloc Party - 'The Nextwave Sessions EP'

Bloc Party - 'The Nextwave Sessions EP'

Fun, playful, cheeky – the London quartet have cheered up

  • Aug 8, 2013

Bloc Party - 'Four'

Daring, deep and confused in equal measure

  • Aug 16, 2012

Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

A comeback single that every floundering indie band dreams of

  • Aug 8, 2012

Bloc Party - 'Day Four'

Bloc Party find themselves in contemplative mode - and it's a slow-burning treat

  • Jul 30, 2012

Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

Hopefully this doesn't set the precedent for Bloc Party's new album

  • Jul 7, 2012

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