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Last November, Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke laid the blame for the recent departure of original members Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong on “someone doing cocaine and someone not being…

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Bloc Party aren’t very good at dealing with pressure. When the London band are up against it, they do silly things like follow up their seminal debut album, 2005’s ‘Silent…

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It’s 2005 and the ’80s post-punk revival is in full swing. The ‘wiry’ guitar sound reigns. The word ‘angular’ is used, on average, 25.3 times per NME. ‘New York Cool’…

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This comeback is going rather well, isn’t it? Everyone’s getting along, Kele’s put his top on, and the primary colour scheme they’re using for the artwork is very JLS. ‘Octopus’…

Off the back of ‘Octopus’ comes ‘Day Four’- the second single from Bloc Party’s upcoming album ‘Four’. In contrast to ‘Octopus’s spiky new wave, ‘Day Four’ finds Kele in soulful…

Ah, the great return – and this time beyond the standard-issue Bloc punk-funk there’s a Russell riff that kind of is Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’ hook. No bad thing. But do…

On first glance, it seemed these was the last rites for Bloc Party. Interview innuendos suggested tonight would mark their finale, or, at the very least, the severing of ties…

Album review: C’mon, be honest. ‘Intimacy’ was horrible, a chronic misstep from a band capable of conjuring blue magic in a second. Perhaps in an effort to regain some of…

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Something funny happened to Bloc Party around the release of ‘A Weekend In The City’ in 2007: they became insufferable bores. With debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ they rode the post-Franz…

Don’t know about you, but I find the psycho-rave pills Kele’s heroes must have popped before ‘Intimacy’ have made them one of the mightiest forces in rock today. Here, what…

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Kangol hats all round: Bloc Party are ripping off another bit of the ’90s and we’re all going to sit here and listen to it because it’s innovative. That’s innovative,…

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The ride for Lollapalooza, the festival set up by Jane’s Addiction frontman (and recently-anointed Godlike Genius) Perry Farrell has been an eventful if sometimes rocky one. Begun way back in…

“My mercury’s in retrograde!” exclaims Kele, continuing to shake off the tweedy trappings of ‘indie rock’. Screeching into the stratosphere where ‘Flux’’s blasters burnt out, this stunning and adventurous new…

“The Daily Mail says the enemy’s among us/Taking our women and taking our jobs/All reasonable thought is being drowned out/By the non-stop baying, baying, baying for blood”. Scared yet? Christ,…

Having begun life as a snootier Rakes, Bloc Party are fast turning into pop’s premier miserablists. This time ‘Laughing’ Kele is yearning for his life pre-fame over the sort…

London. Dog shit on pavements. Tube train commuters packed tighter than battery hens. The good liberal’s beggar conundrum: do you walk on past, guilt sirens blaring, or drop another quid…

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First thing you notice: the Satanic Red Indians are back. Here they come out of the mountains, making their first attack on the Bloc Party wagon train since ‘Banquet’; circling…

Kele Okereke’s recent slamming of “soundbite” rock actually says far more about his own band’s taste for tight economy and lyrical opacity than it does about Green Day’s rambunctious sloganeering.…

This is Mike Skinner rapping an apology to Jo Whiley over a bootleg of ‘Banquet’ by Bloc Party. Mike’s had a stomach ulcer and a broken heart. He even went…

The remix album used to be the preserve of those far too familiar with tight-fitting pants and glitter balls or the last refuge of the contractually obliged. But in these…

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It’s the most cringeworthy thing a new band can do and Bloc Party are the latest band to be guilty of it. “We’re unpigeonholeable!” they’ve squealed in recent interviews. Sheesh,…

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