Bloc Party bassist confirms he’s left the band

Gordon Moakes is the second member of the fourpiece to quit

Bloc Party‘s Gordon Moakes has confirmed that he’s parted ways with the group following recent news that the band are working on their fifth album.

Earlier this week, frontman Kele Okereke revealed that the London outfit have “started recording” their next LP. However, Moakes has now taken to Twitter to inform fans that he’ll no longer be involved with the band.

Moakes, who has played bass for the band since their formation in 2003, is the second member of the fourpiece to quit following drummer Matt Tong’s departure in 2013.

Posting on Twitter, Moakes wrote: “Update for fans: I’m not involved in the latest incarnation of Bloc Party. I’m now focussing on Young Legionnaire. Gordy #rhythmsection4hire”. He continued: “I’m based in Austin, TX now – as well as the new YL album in the works, I’ve got a couple of projects on the go here, news of which soon! Gx”

Moakes’ focus will now be on his other band Young Legionnaire, which also consists of former The Automatic and yourcodenameis:milo member Paul Mullen. They released their debut album ‘Crisis Works’ in 2011.

Bloc Party released their most recent record ‘Four’ in 2012, before embarking on a hiatus the following year.

Speaking to Australian radio station Triple J, Okereke claimed that the band have “started recording” their fifth LP. “I guess it’s the first time that I have talked about it but we are making a record at the moment,” Okereke is quoted as saying. “It’s sounding like nothing that we’ve done before but that’s what everyone always says.”

Okereke continued: “We’re at the writing/recording phase. We’ve started recording – I think we have about 18 [song] ideas and we’re going to lay them down properly in the next few months.”

The singer described the new material as “an evolution of where we were”, adding: “So far there’s nothing that I can compare it to really in terms of other musicians, whereas in the past I always could – we were always trying to reference something else.”

Okereke also performed a new track called ‘Exes’ on acoustic guitar.