Bloc Party base new track on London bombings

Track penned following last year's attack on the UK

Bloc Party have said one of their new tracks was written in the aftermath of the London bombings last year.

The band have spent the past few weeks hard at work demoing songs in London with producer Jacknife Lee, and have found themselves tackling some weighty issues.

Speaking about ‘Hunting For Witches’, singer Kele Okereke explained that he wrote the track following the attacks on the city’s transport network.

“The 30 bus in Hackney, which is just around the corner from where I live, was blown up,” he said. “(‘Hunting For Witches’ was) written when I was just observing the reactions of the mainstream press in (the UK).”

“I guess the point about the song for me is post-September 11, the media has really traded on fear and the use of fear in controlling people,” he added.

Okereke penned the lyrics for ‘Waiting For The 7.18’ after watching his friends lose their lives to work after leaving college, while other tracks in the running for inclusion on the LP include ‘Kreuzberg’, ‘Cruel’, ‘Merge On The Freeway’ and ‘Machines’.

The singer told Billboard that David Bowie has also been a huge inspiration for the as-yet-untitled album.

“(Bowie‘s) had a career where you can actually trace influences and styles. He’s just a real sort of artist in the way a lot of rock musicians now aren’t given the scope to develop,” he said.

“That’s something that became really fascinating to me toward the last half of the year. There’s more we can do as a band than being fast, loud and shouty and I think these songs are going some way to explore that.”