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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 its earlier work. Four arrived in August 2012. Tong left the band during its summer 2013 tour, and Bloc Party went on hiatus once the promotional duties for Four were finished. The band's contribution to !K7's mix series Tapes, which featured cuts by Wiley, Junior Boys, and Fela Kuti, arrived the following October. Early in 2015, Moakes announced that he had left Bloc Party. When the band returned that August, it included new members Justin Harris -- formerly of the band Menomena -- on bass and Louise Bartle on drums. The group's fifth album, Hymns, which featured a soulful, groove-driven rock approach, arrived in January 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Four

1. So He Begins To Lie

2. 3x3

3. Octopus

4. Real Talk

5. Kettling

6. Day Four

7. Coliseum

8. V.A.L.I.S.

9. Team A

10. Truth

11. The Healing

13. Mean

14. Leaf Skeleton

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Track List: Intimacy

1. Ares

2. Mercury

3. Halo

4. Biko

5. Trojan Horse

6. Signs

7. One Month Off

8. Zephyrus

9. Talons

10. Better Than Heaven

11. Ion Square

12. Letter To My Son

13. Your Visits Are Getting Shorter

14. Flux

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Track List: Weekend In The City

2. Hunting For Witches

3. Waiting For The 7.18

4. The Prayer

5. Uniform

6. On

7. Where Is Home?

8. Kreuzberg

9. I Still Remember

10. Sunday

11. SRXT

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Track List: Two More Years / Hero

1. Two More Years (Single Version) (Feat. Gordon Moakes, Matt Tong & Kele Okereke)

2. Hero (Single Version) (Feat. Gordon Moakes, Matt Tong & Kele Okereke)

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Track List: Silent Alarm Remixed

Disc 1

1. Like Eating Glass (Ladytron Zapatista Mix)

2. Helicopter (Whitey Version)

3. Positive Tension (Blackbox Remix)

4. Banquet (Phones Disco Edit

5. Blue Light (Engineers 'Anti-Gravity' Mix)

6. She's Hearing Voices (Erol Alkan's Calling Your Dub)

7. This Modern Love (Dave P. And Adam Sparkles' Making Time Remix)

8. The Pioneers (M83 Remix)

10. So Here We Are (Four Tet Remix)

11. Luno (Bloc Party Vs. Death From Above 1979)

12. Plans (Replanned By Mogwai)

13. Compliments (Shibuyaka Remix By Nick Zinner)

Disc 2
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Track List: Silent Alarm (Explicit)

1. Like Eating Glass

2. Helicopter

3. Positive Tension

4. Banquet

5. Blue Light

7. This Modern Love

8. Pioneers

10. Little Thoughts

11. So Here We Are

12. Luno

13. Plans

14. Compliments

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Track List: Bloc Party EP

1. Banquet

2. Staying Fat

3. She's Hearing Voices

4. The Marshals Are Dead

5. The answer

6. Banquet (Phones Disco Edit)

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Track List: Four / The Nextwave Sessions

1. So He Begins To Lie

2. 3X3

3. Octopus

4. Real Talk

5. Kettling

6. Day Four

7. Coliseum

8. V.A.L.I.S.

9. Team A

10. Truth

11. The Healing

12. We Are Not Good People

13. Ratchet

14. Obscene

15. French Exit

16. Montreal

17. Children Of The Future

18. X-Cutioner's Song

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Track List: Hymns (Deluxe Edition)

1. The Love Within

2. Only He Can Heal Me

3. So Real

4. The Good News

5. Fortress

6. Different Drugs

7. Into The Earth

8. My True Name

9. Virtue

10. Exes

11. Living Lux

12. Eden

13. New Blood

14. Paraíso

15. Evening Song

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Track List: I Still Remember (Radio Single)

1. I Still Remember

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Track List: Intimacy (Remixed)

1. Better Than Heaven (No Age Remix)

2. Mercury (Herve Is In Disarray Remix)

3. Ares (Villains Remix)

4. Your Visits Are Getting Shorter (Optothetic Remix)

5. One Month Off (Filthy Dukes Remix)

6. Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)

7. Biko (Mogwai Remix)

8. Halo (We Have Band Dub)

9. Zephyrus (Phase One Remix)

10. Trojan Horse (John B Remix)

11. Talons (Phones R.I.P. Mix)

12. Ion Square (Banjo Or Freakout Remix)

13. Letter To My Son (Gold Panda Remix)

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Track List: Kettling (Single)

1. Kettling

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Track List: Octopus

1. Octopus

2. Straight Thru Cru

3. Octopus (Rac Mix)

4. Octopus (Koreless Mix)

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Track List: Octopus - Single

1. Octopus

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Track List: Ratchet (Single)

1. Ratchet

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Track List: The Love Within (Single)

1. The Love Within

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

1. The Prayer (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)

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Track List: Truth (Digitalism Remix) (Single)

1. Truth (Digitalism Remix)

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Track List: Tulips

2. Tulips (Club Version)

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Track List: Virtue (Single)

1. Virtue

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Awesome beautiful song!!!!!!
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loubro2006
I heard part of Hymns and only like a few tracks. Apparently the Deluxe album of Hymns gets three stars on iTunes. I keep hearing all the old stuff on tv like Music Choice, I guess they don't want to play the new s**t too. Hymns is more of an Electronic direction, but I think that's following from Kele's solo album Trick and he wants to do more of that than staying true I guess. I only heard maybe 5 tracks? Anyone else's take on Hymns (Deluxe Edition)?
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one of the best!! :)
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............ . . . . . . . . . .
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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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violetlpz4
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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i am seeing them in may hehe! yay!
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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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