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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

    Relax Trax

    1 song

    Top Indie

    3 songs

    Indie Party

    3 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    3 songs

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