Singer explains he'll have a big decision to make next year

Kele Okereke has admitted the future of Bloc Party is uncertain as he gears up to release his first solo album.

The singer returns with ‘The Boxer’ on June 21 while his main band take a year off, although he admitted to NME there is no timetable for his band’s reformation.

“Who knows how we’ll feel about anything in a year’s time?” Okereke admitted to NME. “I’m not very good at restarting things in my personal life – like if I break up with someone, I tend to close the door.

“So I was always worried about this, about how I’d feel about reintegrating, but it isn’t just my decision. They [his bandmates] all have lives so we need to address it in a year’s time. We’ll see.”

Okereke added that he missed his bandmates socially, before explaining why he felt the need to do a solo album.

“It feels like a new start,” he said of ‘The Boxer’. “It is me, it’s my name. I was responsible for all the musical and artistic decisions in making this record. It wasn’t a band. So it is me, yeah. This is the most me for sure.”

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