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Bloc Party

Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.

The group's demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo's tracks, "She's Hearing Voices," as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band's first two singles, arrived in the States.

Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band's burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party's second proper album, followed in 2007. A Weekend in the City leaked onto the Internet months before the album's street date, which inspired Bloc Party to issue their third album, Intimacy, online in late summer 2008; the album was released on compact disc that fall. Late in 2009, Bloc Party went on hiatus and Okereke began working on songs on his own, moving to Berlin and collaborating with producers Hudson Mohawke and XXXchange in New York on a solo album. In 2010, the single Tenderoni arrived, revealing that Okereke's solo work was more dance-oriented than his music with Bloc Party. His full-length debut, The Boxer, arrived in summer 2010. Meanwhile, Moakes formed a side project, Young Legionnaire, with the Automatic's Paul Mullen and La Roux's William Bowerman. The following year, Bloc Party reunited to record their fourth album; that July, the lead single "Octopus" showed that the band had returned to the angular, guitar-heavy sound of their earlier work. Four arrived in August 2012. The band's contribution to !K7's mix series Tapes, which featured cuts by Wiley, Junior Boys, and Fela Kuti, arrived the following October. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I Still Remember (Radio Single)

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Track List: Kettling (Single)

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Track List: Octopus - Single

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Track List: Ratchet (Single)

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Track List: The Prayer (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Truth (Digitalism Remix) (Single)

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never get tired of bloc party
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Just a band. :)
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So Here We Are: Beautiful Music. It's raining right now and it is so nice.
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photomail50
Have loved them since I was in middle school going through a skater phase. Still love them as an adult
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Cool song!
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One of the best indie rock bands this decade.
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Beautiful track. One of the most authentic bands to pop out of the cookie-cutte r musical landscape we've had for the last decade or so.
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pippo_del
Please get together again and grace us with your music. :)
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I'm all in on some of that tricky Bass Mr. Gordon slings out-WHEW. RED HOTTTT
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I love Bloc Party!!
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Yes yes yes and one more yes this is like the combination between cheese and red wine!!!! Yes for the last time yes!!!
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.Bloc Party Deserves more Credit
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This song is beautimous.. .
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@bagarduno18 - wtf? Lol maybe its a tranny
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Been digging this band over. 10 years now, keep on recording!
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eduby2k
Hands Down! Amazing
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Bloc Party is an amazing band.
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What type of gender is Bloc party?
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gotta love bloc party
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If Bloc Party bites, It's a f**king shark bite.
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This band bites
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And russel lissack went to Pin Me Down! Don't forget that rovi!..
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
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i am seeing them in may hehe! yay!
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works

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I love how very few people like them ad the fans that do makes us that much more special and that more dedicated except for the unfourtunate Silent Alarmists who just like that albumn and not the band's growth which is what makes them Bloc Party glad to be in Union...
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this is a pretty kool song one of my fav.
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ebia1126
My favorite song ever!!!
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love it
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These guys are amazing I wish they would come to America sometime, They are my second favorite band only after Metallica but unfortunatel y not many people know who these guys are i think we should change that.
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Love them! Just enjoyed a great concert from them last night, im still in heaven on how awesome the are!!!
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Kele is back and he IS currently and officially touring with the band...
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wbcejc
On is so about cocaine...
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wbcejc
Ska, specials, english beat and more are in this sound...I really like it. Reminds me of good music from the mid to late 1980's
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x2468
no Flux?
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I love bloc party! Can't wait for their new album!!! Yay, Kele is back!!!
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458230595
ima say it again- his voice disturbs me
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manza008
Bloc Party is back! And with Kele, it was announced on there twitter and facebook!!!! Can't wait to hear a new album from them.
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Without Kele? Really? How are they block party without him. Its like saying Rage Against the Machine is the same as Audioslave? Is it?
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please come back bloc party with kele
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update on Bloc Party
They recorded and or written 15 songs for the new album, but without Kele, intresting
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Fantastic band
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Kele is Da Man. xox
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I love dick in my mouth
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aoxomoxoa_
Bio is for the wrong band?! Never mind, it's fixed now.
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Just yes.
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bloc party needs to come out with a new album soon...love there style!
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Real music fans listen to Bloc Party. That's why I'm hoping you can help me win tickets to Lollapalooza by getting the most thumbs up on my music video! If you've got a quick second, one click is all it takes to make my dream come true.

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What? Gabe Woolems SUCKS; you don't know what you are talking about buddy. Bloc Party reminds me a little of early 80's punk/new wave music with a modern twist.
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