Kele Okereke confirms that Bloc Party have ‘started recording’ new album – listen

The singer previews new track 'Exes' on Australian radio

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has confirmed that his band are working on a new album.

The group released their most recent record ‘Four’ in 2012, before embarking on a hiatus the following year. Now, it appears they’re set to return.

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.”

The singer also performed a new track called ‘Exes’ on acoustic guitar. Listen to that below, along with the radio interview.

The new album will mark the 10th anniversary of Bloc Party’s debut album ‘Silent Alarm’. Meanwhile, Okereke released a solo album in 2014 in the form of ‘Trick’.

Okereke recently said that he has no interest in celebrating the anniversary of their debut with a tour, labelling anniversary album tours as “cynical” and “cringey”.

“I think the most impressive thing that we could do as a band would be to respond [by] looking forward and keep on making music to say that we’re still motivated,” Okereke said in September 2014. “I think that’s more important than revival or some kind of nostalgic experience. I feel that the band isn’t some record – at this point it’s a collection of records – and I feel that the best way to honour that would be to make more records, not just to look back to where we were.”

He continued: “I don’t think that sort of thing does much good for artists. I always cringe a little bit when you hear about bands going around just touring on a kind of anniversary record. I feel that it just seems a little bit cynical.”