Bloc Party took break to avoid 'poisonous headspace'

But Kele Okereke insists that relations within the band 'never really got out of hand'

Photo: Andy Willsher Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Bloc Party
Photo: Andy Willsher

Kele Okereke has revealed that Bloc Party took a break between albums to avoid slipping into a "poisonous headspace".

The band followed their 2008 album 'Intimacy' with the release of a one-off single called 'One More Chance' in August 2009. However, they opted not to record a full album straight away and Okereke released his debut solo LP, 'The Boxer', the following June.

Explaining the decision to go on hiatus, Okereke told the BBC that "six years of non-stop touring" had "just ground us down a little bit". He also insisted that the break proved beneficial to the band in the long run, saying: "I think if we'd made another record after 'Intimacy' it would have been quite a poisonous headspace for us all. Having time out was the best thing we could have done."

However, Okereke denied that relations within the band had become fractious while promoting 'Intimacy', saying: "I think in any collaborative venture, there are going to be times when you don't all see eye to eye with the people you're involved with. We're quite lucky in the band in that we're all quite reasonable people. Things never really got out of hand."

Bloc Party regrouped for songwriting sessions at the end of 2011, a situation which Okereke described as "slightly nervewracking", but instantly productive. He explained: "If you haven't interacted with human beings for a while you don't know how it's going to feel. [But] it all came back very naturally."

Having entered the recording studio with producer Alex Newport earlier this year (2012), Bloc Party are now preparing to release new album 'Four' on August 20. Last month (July 10), they premiered the album's lead single 'Octopus' – scroll down to watch the video. After fulfilling live commitments abroad, the band will begin an eight-date UK tour at Newcastle's O2 Academy on October 12.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Florence + The Machine unveil new track 'As Far As I Could Get' - listen
Foo Fighters play Ohio record store for Record Store Day, Dave Grohl arrives on motorcycle
Run The Jewels release new track 'Bust No Moves' - listen
Florence + The Machine's second Coachella set cut to 30 minutes due to broken foot
Four Tet plays surprise set at London's Phonica for Record Store Day - watch
Jay Z's Tidal streaming service parts ways with CEO just two weeks after launch
Video evidence of Suge Knight's alleged hit-and-run attack released by court - watch
Prince's Facebook page allegedly hacked, hacker says he 'doesn't care about his...
Marilyn Manson to play hitman in new crime film 'Let Me Make You A Martyr'
Lou Reed would be 'amused but secretly delighted' by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame...
Emily Eavis denies tabloid reports that Prince pulled out of headlining Glastonbury
Royal Blood don wigs and Hawaiian shirts for 'Conan' performance - watch
Future Islands reveal Record Store Day song 'The Chase'
Tyler, The Creator reveals 'Cherry Bomb' album bonus song 'Yellow' - listen
Michael Bublé apologises after body shaming accusations: 'Women are to be celebrated and...
Diplo says he is 'actively' pursuing a collaboration with Robert Plant after Instagram...
The Prodigy team up with Sleaford Mods for 'Ibiza' video - watch
Bill Ward accuses Ozzy Osbourne of making 'false claims, elitist comments and rude...
Blur share new song 'My Terracotta Heart' and reveal Record Store Day plans
Alice Glass hits out at Ethan Kath's decision to continue Crystal Castles without her
Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman to release first solo album in 33 years
Matt Skiba on Blink-182 plans: 'We are hopeful to do more stuff in the future'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM