Bloc Party

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Bloc Party were a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as The Cure, Mogwai, Siouxsie and the Banshees and in their more recent work, Radiohead.

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. As of May 2012, Bloc Party have sold two million albums worldwide.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Rewired Hyper 1
2008 XFM The Debut Sessions Various Artists 1
2008 Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles Steve Aoki 1
2009 Berghain 03 Len Faki 4 1
Atticus Presents: Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 CMJ New Music Monthly, Volume 145: January/February 2007 Compilation Various Artists 2
2003 The New Cross: An Angular Sampler Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 De Afrekening, Volume 34 Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 The Bands 05 Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 Air & Style, Volume 9 Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 The Red Room Volume 4 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 The Album Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Top of the Pops 2005_1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Now That’s What I Call Music! 60 Compilation Various Artists 2 1
2005 Rough Trade Shops: Counter Culture 2004 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Twisted: Indie Floorfillers for a Twisted Generation Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Humo's Festivalitis Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Rock Open Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 The Bands 05 II Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 The New Indie: Alive & Amplified for 2005 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Acoustic 05 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Festival Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 FM4 Soundselection: 12 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Mercury Music Prize Compilation 2005 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Future's Burning Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Help: A Day in the Life Compilation Various Artists 3
2005 Evil Nine Present: Y4K Compilation Evil Nine 1
2005 Mashed Two Compilation The Bang Gang DJs 1
2005 De Afrekening, Volume 37 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 The Other Side of New York Compilation Fischerspooner 1
2005 Trax #04 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 De Afrekening, Volume 38 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 NME Presents: The Essential Bands (2005) Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Go Commando Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Essential Hits Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Humo's Top 2005 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Indétendances 21 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Indie pop rock 2005 - best news songs Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 MELT! Compilation 2005 Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Przekrój Muzyki: nOwy rOck Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Razzmatazz #05 Compilation DJ Amable 1
2005 Red Hot Hits Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 The Smart Club. Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Cream: Rock the Discotheque Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Can You Hear Me Clearly Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 13 Compilation Various Artists 2
2006 Perfecto Chills, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Hörsturz, Volume 6 Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Transgressive Singles Compilation, Volume 1 Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 Les Inrockuptibles présentent : 20 ans, 100 chansons Compilation Various Artists 1

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