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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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Stations Featuring
Bloc Party

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    8 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    2 songs

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    2 songs

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    2 songs

    Top Indie

    3 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    3 songs

    Indie Party

    3 songs

    Relax Trax

    1 song

Albums by
Bloc Party

Top Songs by
Bloc Party

  1.   Song
  2.   Helicopter
  3.   Banquet
  4.   Like Eating Glass
  5.   The Prayer
  6.   Octopus
  7.   This Modern Love
  8.   Hunting For Witches
  9.   I Still Remember
  10.   Blue Light
  11.   Talons
  12.   Flux
  13.   The Pioneers
  14.   Mercury
  15.   One Month Off
  16.   The Good News
  17.   Signs
  18.   Stunt Queen
  19.   Better Than Heaven
  20.   Day Four
  21.   Letter to My Son
  22.   Ion Square
  23.   So Here We Are
  24.   Two More Years
  25.   The Love Within
  26.   One More Chance
  27.   Your Visits Are Getting Shorter
  28.   Kettling
  29.   Compliments
  30.   She's Hearing Voices
  31.   Fortress
  32.   So Real
  33.   Ratchet
  34.   Team A
  35.   Ares
  36.   Say It Right
  37.   Kreuzberg
  38.   Sunday
  39.   Where Is Home?
  40.   Plans
  41.   Little Thoughts
  42.   Price of Gasoline
  43.   Staying Fat
  44.   New Blood
  45.   Paraíso
  46.   Eden
  47.   Living Lux
  48.   My True Name
  49.   Different Drugs
  50.   Only He Can Heal Me
  51.   Virtue
  52.   Children of the Future
  53.   Montreal
  54.   French Exit
  55.   Straight Thru Cru
  56.   We Are Not Good People
  57.   The Healing
  58.   Truth
  59.   Coliseum
  60.   Real Talk
  61.   3x3
  62.   Zephyrus
  63.   Trojan Horse
  64.   Biko
  65.   Halo
  66.   Emma Kate's Accident
  67.   Helicopter by Peaches
  68.   Selfish Son
  69.   On
  70.   Uniform
  71.   Hero
  72.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  73.   Luno
  74.   Positive Tension
  75.   Tulips
  76.   The Marshalls Are Dead
  77.   Answer
  78.   Exes
  79.   Obsence
  80.   So He Begins to Lie
  81.   Rhododendrons
  82.   SRXT
  83.   Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
  84.   Waiting For The 7.18
  85.   Evening Song
  86.   Into the Earth
  87.   V.A.L.I.S.