Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke: ‘I hope I haven’t been fired from the band’

Singer tells NME the rest of the group have gone into the recording studio without telling him

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has admitted he is unsure of his future in the band after the rest of the group went into the recording studio without telling him.

The singer has told NME he recently spotted guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Matt Tong outside a rehearsal studio in New York and he wasn’t even invited to take part in the sessions.

“I was actually having lunch about three weeks ago, just here on 8th Avenue and I saw somebody walk past and I recognised the haircut,” he said. “It was Russell. I was like, ‘Hey!’ but he didn’t see me and I followed him around the corner and then I saw Matt, Gordon and Russell all standing outside this rehearsal space. They all went inside.”

He added: “I hope I haven’t been fired. I don’t really know what’s going on, because we haven’t really spoken recently and I’m a bit too scared to ask.”

His comments come after he only recently said the band were hoping to release new stuff over the summer in a video below. Lissack also confirmed earlier this year that Bloc Party would get back together in September.

To read more on Bloc Party and Okereke‘s forthcoming solo seven-track EP ‘The Hunter’ get the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now (September 20) or available digitally.