Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has spoken out about the band’s plans for the future after they inked a new record deal.
The band, who are recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘Intimacy’ in New York, released their first three albums through independent label Wichita. Of the new deal with French Kiss, Kele has said: “This signing has made Bloc Party very happy because not only do we know and love the people at this label but we know and love this label’s output. French Kiss has released some mighty fine music over the years, music that has gone on to influence this very band. So here’s to some more mighty fine music…”.
French Kiss Records have also put out music by The Drums, Les Savy Fav, Passion Pit, The Hold Steady and Local Natives in the US. Syd Butler from Frenchkiss Records added: “We are thrilled to be working with Bloc Party on this next record. They are in the best spirits and we are lucky to be working with such professionals, friends and ambassadors. Their parents raised them right. We all know they make phenomenal records and we are honoured that the next one will be on French Kiss.”
Bloc Party will be re-releasing their 2004 single ‘She’s Hearing Voices’ for this year’s Record Store Day on April 21. They will play a number of European festivals this summer, including Mallorca and Ibiza Rocks on September 4 and 5, respectively.
Last year Kele courted controversy by claiming that while he was busy with his solo career, the remaining members of Bloc Party would be auditioning new singers to allow them to continue playing together. Bloc Party soon backtracked on the admission, which had been made to NME.