Lead singer Kele posted recently on his blog announcing the band are back together and about to release their fourth album,
“We have just finished mixing our new record. I am very proud of it. It is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey,” he wrote. “There have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but it’s finally here. We started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. We didn’t want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together.”
Kele speaks of the bands time apart and silence as deliberate despite rumours being rife of a contentious split. He lists the reasons for the break is in the personal shaping of band members individual lives,
“We could have come clean from the get go but to be honest we had no idea if anything was going to come out of these sessions. There was a big question mark over whether bloc party were ever going to make another record again. We were exhausted and bored and distant from one another. So in 2010 we all did our own thing, Gordon had a baby, Russell joined Ash, Matt built a studio in his basement with his bare hands and I moved to New York to finish a book that I had been writing for the last three years.”
Kele has every faith in the upcoming album which hopefully won’t leave us fans disappointed,
“In the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but I am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own. This record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made.”
On June 19th in Glasgow, Bloc Party played an electric comeback show featuring seven new songs including ‘3×3’ and ‘So he begins to lie’. Check out ‘3×3’ below, witness the band back on form, dispelling any long-standing rumours of friction. Look below again and discover the trailer for the forthcoming album, Four.
– Grace, Melbourne.