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Bloc Party

About

Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums, percussion). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".

In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named Indie Album of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain. The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200. In August 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio record, Intimacy which entered the UK Albums Chart at number eight and number eighteen on the Billboard 200. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects. They reunited in September 2011, and shortly thereafter released their fourth album, Four, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number three. In 2013, Bloc Party released their third EP titled The Nextwave Sessions in August; the band then began an indefinite hiatus to continue with their respective side projects. The band's fifth studio album, Hymns, the first to involve Harris and Bartle, was released on 29 January 2016. Their sixth studio album Alpha Games was released on 29 April 2022. Bloc Party have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

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July 30, 2022

The new Paramore album is influenced by Bloc Party, says Hayley Williams

She also praises Foals, Wolf Alice and Arctic Monkeys in the latest episode of ‘Everything Is Emo’ The post The new Paramore album is influenced by Bloc Party, says Hayley Williams appeared first on NME.

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May 25, 2022

Bloc Party return to ‘The Late Late Show’ to perform ‘Traps’

The band are currently on tour in support of their sixth album 'Alpha Games' The post Bloc Party return to ‘The Late Late Show’ to perform ‘Traps’ appeared first on NME.

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May 24, 2022

Bloc Party Pulls Out Alt-Rock Hit ‘Traps’ For ‘Corden’ Performance

The track appears on the band's long-awaited sixth studio album Alpha Games

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May 6, 2022

Alpha Games

Taking cues from their early records, Bloc Party’s sixth album successfully marries post-punk with dance grooves—and confusingly devotes a lot of its energy to spite.

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March 31, 2022

Bloc Party debut new material at intimate London show

The gig marked the band's first live show since 2019 The post Bloc Party debut new material at intimate London show appeared first on NME.

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March 29, 2022

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke: “Boris Johnson has been proved to lie and nothing has happened”

It's in response to the ongoing partygate scandal The post Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke: “Boris Johnson has been proved to lie and nothing has happened” appeared first on NME.

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March 24, 2022

Check out Bloc Party’s wistful new single ‘If We Get Caught’

“It's about trying to connect with someone amidst all of the chaos that's going on in the world" The post Check out Bloc Party’s wistful new single ‘If We Get Caught’ appeared first on NME.

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March 15, 2022

Bloc Party announce intimate London show this month

Tickets go on sale later this week The post Bloc Party announce intimate London show this month appeared first on NME.

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February 25, 2022

Bloc Party Get Nostalgic on Pulsating New Single ‘Sex Magik’

The track is the third single from the band's upcoming album Alpha Games

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February 25, 2022

Bloc Party share soaring new single ‘Sex Magik’

It's the latest preview of the band's long-awaited sixth album, 'Alpha Games' The post Bloc Party share soaring new single ‘Sex Magik’ appeared first on NME.

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January 28, 2022

Bloc Party take us on a wild night out with swaggering new single ‘The Girls Are Fighting’

"I just wanted to capture that moment of going from nought to 10 in an evening, in a sweaty nightclub," says frontman Kele Okereke The post Bloc Party take us on a wild night out with swaggering new single ‘The Girls Are Fighting’ appeared first on NME.

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January 28, 2022

Bloc Party Recount a Bad Night Out in ‘The Girls are Fighting’

Alpha Games is Bloc Party's first full-length since 2016's Hymns

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November 24, 2021

Hear Bloc Party Preview New Album With ‘Traps’

Alpha Games will arrive April 29

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November 23, 2021

Bloc Party Announce New Album Alpha Games, Share New Song: Listen

“Traps” is the first single from the band’s sixth studio album, due out next spring

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November 23, 2021

Bloc Party return with new song ‘Traps’ and announce sixth album ‘Alpha Games’

The band are also set to hit the road for UK/European tour in 2022 The post Bloc Party return with new song ‘Traps’ and announce sixth album ‘Alpha Games’ appeared first on NME.

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September 14, 2021

Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos shares 2003 note from Bloc Party asking for support slot

"I remember they had a song I really liked about Helicopters. They were a good band weren’t they?" The post Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos shares 2003 note from Bloc Party asking for support slot appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Alpha Games (Deluxe)

July 29, 2022

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Alpha Games

April 29, 2022

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If We Get Caught

March 24, 2022

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Sex Magik

February 25, 2022

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The Girls Are Fighting (Edit)

January 28, 2022

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The Girls Are Fighting

January 28, 2022

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Traps

November 23, 2021

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Silent Alarm Live

July 12, 2019

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This Modern Love

July 5, 2019

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Helicopter

June 21, 2019

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The Love Within

January 29, 2016

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Virtue

January 29, 2016

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Hymns

January 29, 2016

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Hymns (Deluxe Edition)

January 29, 2016

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The Good News

December 1, 2015

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Tapes

October 14, 2013

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FOUR (Deluxe Version)

August 26, 2013

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The Nextwave Sessions

August 19, 2013

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Ratchet

June 26, 2013

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Truth (Digitalism Remix)

June 11, 2013

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Four (Deluxe)

August 24, 2012

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Four

August 20, 2012

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Octopus

August 13, 2012

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Octopus (SLDGHMR Remix)

August 4, 2012

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Beholder EP

February 3, 2012

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Intimacy Remixed

January 1, 2009

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Intimacy

October 28, 2008

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Flux EP

November 20, 2007

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A Weekend in the City

February 6, 2007

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Two More Years / Hero

October 18, 2005

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Tulips

June 27, 2005

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Silent Alarm Remixed

March 22, 2005

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Silent Alarm

March 22, 2005

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Banquet

March 15, 2005

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Bloc Party EP

September 14, 2004

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