Bloc Party (English indie rock band)

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Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums, percussion). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".

In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named Indie Album of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music. That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain. The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200. In August 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio record, Intimacy which entered the UK Albums Chart at number eight and number eighteen on the Billboard 200. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects. They reunited in September 2011, and shortly thereafter released their fourth album, Four, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number three. In 2013, Bloc Party released their third EP titled The Nextwave Sessions in August; the band then began an indefinite hiatus to continue with their respective side projects. The band's fifth studio album, Hymns, the first to involve Harris and Bartle, was released on 29 January 2016. Bloc Party have sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Silent Alarm 4.75 12
2007 A Weekend in the City 4.5 15
2008 Intimacy 4 13
2012 Four 10
2016 Hymns 4

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Live at Reading 1
2006 God Bless Bloc Party 1
2007 Live at the Paradiso 1
2007 A Weekend in the City: Live From Channel 4 and More 1
2008 iTunes Live from London 1
2008 Intimacy: Live at Tempelhof 1
2009 iTunes Festival: London 2009 1
Live at SXSW 1
Live at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2005 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Silent Alarm Remixed 3 8
2008 Flux: The Remixes 1
2009 Intimacy Remixed 4


Year Title RatingReleases
2004 She’s Hearing Voices 1
2004 Banquet / Staying Fat 1
2004 Little Thoughts 2
2004 Helicopter 3
2004 Banquet 12
2005 Tulips 1
2005 So Here We Are / Positive Tension 2
2005 The Pioneers 2
2005 Two More Years 3
2006 The Prayer 4
2007 I Still Remember 5
2007 Hunting for Witches 4
2007 Flux 7
2008 Mercury 4
2008 Talons 4
2009 One Month Off 2
2009 Signs 1
2009 One More Chance 4
2012 Octopus 4
2013 Ratchet 1

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 I Still Remember (Remixes) 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2004 Bloc Party 3.5 3
2004 Little Thoughts EP 1
2012 Truth 2
2013 The Nextwave Sessions 5

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