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News: Bloc Party Detail New Album ‘Hymns’

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Bloc Party have announced the details of their new album ‘Hymns’, due for release on January 29th, 2016. The album’s opening song “The Love Within,” which premiered last week to rapturous response, is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album.

‘Hymns’ is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours, awards, and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.

“Bloc Party started with just Kele and I, and we used to write the songs together, and we found other people and grew from that. It feels like that’s happened again,” says Russell. They started writing together, just the two of them, in 2014, and were joined at various stages by the two new members who have made Bloc Party a four-piece again: bassist Justin Harris, whom the band met in his previous guise as part of the Portland indie rock band Menomena, and drummer Louise Bartle, a 21-year-old that the pair discovered on YouTube, and who “blew us away. It’s good to have someone bringing that energy of doing it for the first time. It’s made us all excited about going forward.”

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The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, allowing for a freer, less constricted Bloc Party. “It’s still a very live record,” says Russell. “Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Kele is astounded at the results. “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”


09 NovemberO2 ABC, Glasgow, UK
23 NovemberHostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, JP
27 NovemberParadiso, Amsterdam, NL – SOLD OUT
28 NovemberLive Music Hall, Koln, DE – SOLD OUT
29 NovemberAstra Kulturhaus, Berlin, DE – SOLD OUT
01 DecemberAlhambra, Paris, FR – SOLD OUT
02 DecemberCirque Royal, Brussels, BL – SOLD OUT
03 DecemberAlbert Hall, Manchester, UK – SOLD OUT
04 DecemberSt John at Hackney, London, UK – SOLD OUT
30 DecemberFalls Festival, Lorne, AU
30 DecemberFalls Festival, Marion Bay, AU
01 JanuaryFalls Festival, Byron Bay, AU
05 JanuaryForum Theatre, Melbourne, AU
07 JanuaryEnmore Theatre, Sydney, AU
10 JanuarySouthbound Festival, Perth, AU

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