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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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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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British indie rock band The Bloc Party @ The O2 Academy Glasgow

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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“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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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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Kele Okereke of Bloc Party on stage during The Big Gig 2008 after the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 at The O2 Arena, Millenium Way, Greenwich, SE10.

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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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