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Bloc Party: An Iconic English Rock Band

Image source: starevent.vn Bloc Party is an influential English rock band that was formed in London in 1999. Co-founders Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler) and Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards) established the...

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Bloc Party is an influential English rock band that was formed in London in 1999. Co-founders Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler) and Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards) established the band's unique sound, which blends elements of rock with electronica and house music. Over the years, the band has undergone several lineup changes, with Louise Bartle (drums, percussion) and touring bassist Harry Deacon joining the current iteration. Former members Matt Tong, Gordon Moakes, and Justin Harris left the band in 2013, 2015, and 2023, respectively.

Formation and Rising Popularity (1999-2004)

The journey of Bloc Party began when Okereke and Lissack met in London in 1998. The band went through various names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. They gained recognition after Okereke gave a demo of their track "She's Hearing Voices" to BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. Their debut album, Silent Alarm, released in 2005, received critical acclaim and solidified their presence in the indie music scene. The album's success was followed by their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached high positions on charts worldwide.

Silent Alarm (2004-2006)

Bloc Party's Lissack and Okereke on stage in Cardiff in October 2005 Bloc Party's Lissack and Okereke on stage in Cardiff in October 2005

Bloc Party's debut album, Silent Alarm, released in February 2005, became a masterpiece in the indie music world. The album's first single, "So Here We Are/Positive Tension," achieved significant success on the UK Top 40 chart. The band received positive reviews in the United States and embarked on a successful North American tour. Bloc Party's music was often described as a mix of indie rock, post-punk revival, and dance-rock.

A Weekend in the City (2006-2008)

Bloc Party at The Brixton Academy, London, UK. October 2005. Bloc Party at The Brixton Academy, London, UK. October 2005.

The band's second album, A Weekend in the City, released in February 2007, showcased Bloc Party's evolution as musicians. Produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee, the album explored themes of urban life and personal experiences. It reached high positions on charts globally, including number two on the UK Albums Chart. The album's lead single, "The Prayer," became one of Bloc Party's highest-charting singles in the UK.

Intimacy (2008-2009)

In 2008, Bloc Party released Intimacy, their third studio album. The album featured electronic influences, showcasing the band's musical versatility. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number eight and the Billboard 200 at number eighteen. Bloc Party then embarked on a tour of North America and played at various well-known festivals.

Hiatus and Line-up Changes (2009-2011)

Following their tour, Bloc Party went on hiatus in 2009. During this period, members pursued their respective side projects. They reunited in 2011 and released their fourth album, Four, which reached number three on the UK Albums Chart. In 2013, the band released their third EP, The Nextwave Sessions, before going on another hiatus.

Hymns and Silent Alarm Live (2015-2019)

After more lineup changes and a period of uncertainty, Bloc Party returned with their fifth studio album, Hymns, in 2016. The album marked the first involvement of members Justin Harris and Louise Bartle. Following the album's release, the band embarked on a tour playing their debut album Silent Alarm in its entirety. The success of the tour led to further live performances in 2019.

Alpha Games and The High Life EP (2020-present)

In 2022, Bloc Party released their highly anticipated sixth studio album, Alpha Games. The album showcased their evolving sound and musical growth. In 2023, they released The High Life EP, featuring the singles "High Life" and "Keep It Rolling."

Bloc Party's musical style is often described as indie rock, post-punk revival, and alternative dance. Their unique blend of genres, captivating lyrics, and energetic performances have solidified their status as one of the most influential English rock bands of the 21st century.

Current Members:

  • Kele Okereke - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, sampler, electric piano
  • Russell Lissack - lead guitar, sampler, synthesizer, programming
  • Louise Bartle - drums, percussion, backing vocals

Former Members:

  • Gordon Moakes - bass guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, glockenspiel
  • Matt Tong - drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Justin Harris - bass guitar, backing vocals, synthesizer, glockenspiel, saxophone

Kele Okereke Kele Okereke

Bloc Party continues to create innovative music and captivate audiences worldwide. Their legacy in the music industry is a testament to their creativity, versatility, and undeniable talent.

Discography:

  • Silent Alarm (2005)
  • A Weekend in the City (2007)
  • Intimacy (2008)
  • Four (2012)
  • Hymns (2016)
  • Alpha Games (2022)

Awards and Nominations: Bloc Party has received numerous nominations and awards throughout their career, including nominations for the Mercury Music Prize, MTV Europe Music Awards, NME Awards, and PLUG Awards.

For more information about Bloc Party, visit their official website.

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