Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke dismisses idea of ‘Silent Alarm’ anniversary tour

The band's debut album 'Silent Alarm' will turn 10 next year

Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke has responded to questions regarding the forthcoming 10th anniversary of the band’s debut LP ‘Silent Alarm’, labelling anniversary album tours “cynical” and “cringey”.

Speaking to Music Feeds about whether the group were planning on doing anything to celebrate the landmark date for the record, Okereke dismissed any possibilities of nostalgia. “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,” he began. “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.”


Bloc Party went on a hiatus last summer, following a headline set at Latitude Festival in June. Speaking at the time, guitarist Russell Lissack stated, “Definitely after we finish the festivals in the summer we’ll be taking some time off. At least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years, it’s hard to say.” Discussing now when Bloc Party would be likely to return, however, Okereke stated that he had “no idea. I’ve been speaking to Russell, he’s just had a baby so I think he’s going to be out of action for a while,” he elaborated.

Okereke, meanwhile, is gearing up to release his second solo album ‘Trick’ on October 13. ‘Trick’ is the follow up to 2010 debut ‘The Boxer’ and will be released through the singer’s own Lilac Records.

The tracklisting for ‘Trick’ is as follows:
‘First Impressions’
‘Like We Used To’
‘Humour Me’
‘Year Zero’
‘My Hotel Room’
‘Silver and Gold’
‘Stay the Night’