Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke speaks out about new album ‘Four’

Singer says making album was 'visceral and confrontational'

Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke has spoken out about the band’s new forthcoming album, ‘Four’, by describing its creative process as “quite visceral and confrontational”.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the frontman said that his writing for the LP – which is due out on August 20 – had been influenced by the “crisis or turmoil” of recent times.

Okereke, who said he had been creatively inspired by watching images of riots, protest and global unrest, said: “I’ve been a creative person since I was a child. It’s always been a form of therapy for me. I guess in times of crisis or turmoil I feel the need to write.”


He then added:

It was hard not to be inspired while the only contact I had with the outside world seemed to be these kind of very dramatic images.

However, although the singer confirmed that the band had wanted to “reclaim” a lo-fi recording process, he was hesitant about discussing the record in too much detail. “I’ve been rather cautious about not speaking too much about what things are supposed to mean, or what things are supposed to be about,” he said. “I think that it’s more exciting if people, if our fans, just got a record and sat with it and discovered the nuances for themselves, or they read something into the music that I hadn’t even seen.”

Earlier this month (July 10), Bloc Party premiered the track ‘Octopus’, which will be the first single to be taken from ‘Four’. You can hear the track by clicking below.

The band will tour the UK in October, playing a total of eight shows. The dates kick off at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on October 12 and run until October 20, when the band headline Cambridge Corn Exchange. The run also includes gigs in Leeds, Glasgow, Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.