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