blocparty:four


hello internet.

we have just finished mixing our new record. i am very proud of it. it is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey.

there have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but its finally here. we started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. we didn’t want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together.

we could have come clean from the get go but to be honest we had no idea if anything was going to come out of these sessions. there was a big question mark over whether bloc party were ever going to make another record again. we were exhausted and bored and distant from one another. so in 2010 we all did our own thing, gordon had a baby, russell joined ash, matt built a studio in his basement with his bare hands and i moved to new york to finish a book that i had been writing for the last 3 years.

after my solo record i wanted to have a year without music in a different part of the world. i had four records with me, led zeppelin 4, deftones white pony, nicki minaj’s mix tape beam me up scotty and al green’s greatest hits and that was enough. i just wanted to drift and watch the world from a distance and i truly had intended to switch off but then 2011 happened; in terms of global history, the most dramatic year i have experienced in my entire life. it became impossible to switch off from the world when it seemed history was rewriting itself day after day. so i did what i always try to do to make sense of the world, i started writing lyrics and something became clear to me, i needed to put my band back together, i missed my friends. even though i had made a record by myself i missed the way that my band worked, how little improvisations and suggestions would then go on to spark other ideas in me like wildfire. being in bloc party always forced me to think on my feet.

it turns out that everyone had been feeling the same way so we arranged to decamp to NY and start writing our fourth record and in that time it became clear to us that the only reason to be in this band was to make the sort of music that only the four of us could make.

in the past we have tried to hide the passion with which we perform, tried to obscure it, manipulate it so it didn’t resemble us anymore. we have learnt a lot from those years but we feel with this record we have to move forward, we have to challenge ourselves by not relying on protools or the invisible grid that seems to be mapping out all of popular music these days. we have to push ourselves to the limit of our abilities or else there is no point in carrying on.

in the past there has been so much written about what our records have meant, so much context and back story but i am adamant that this time these songs will stand on their own. this record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. it is the sound that only the four of us could make and i am prouder of it than any record we have ever made.

and just in case you were wondering, the name of this record is four

kele



57 Comments

berrybooo

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!
Congrats guys, can’t wait to hear it!

Ozzy

BEST. NEWS. EVER.

We love you.

Sweeeeeet! :D White Pony?! No way! If that sort of Filters into the record then I will be blown away. Mmmmmmmm :) this post is truly heartwarming!

riita

can’t waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait!! ♥

Joseph

Looking forward to the new album. Would love to see you in Philadelphia or Boston again some time.

Carlos

Great words Kele. I’m happy to know that all of your hearts went into this album! That’s the way it should be.

PS- You guys should sign the some pre-ordered cds for us :D

Rozza

Words cannot express how happy reading this has made me feel.

Marcus

yeah!

Alan

Wow. Thank you for sharing! I’m super stoked!!!

Neader

Kele, we love you.

This news has made my year, I have loved Bloc party and your solo effort for so many years. I wish you could know how much your music and lyrics have inspired me. I hope you get a chance to read this, Thank you.

Ramona

YAYYYYYYYY! I just jizzed

Dale

This is the best news I have heard all month. Thank you for getting back together to create another record, from the sound of the trailer this could be your best work yet. I can’t even contain myself.

Julia

Kele,
Welcome back, How we’ve missed you, and the boyz !!! :D Xx

Stefan Farrell

Kele, this is my first time commenting and I am doing so because I feel I have to. What you have written above has made my day, my week, maybe even my month. I found it touching, funny and thrilling.
Unfortunately I mostly missed bloc party the first time around, but have gotten into the band in a big way over the last few years. The thought that I might never get to hear something new from the band or see you live depressed me, so I have been scanning the website/twitter page/Facebook page A LOT since I heard of the comeback of the bloc.
I almost died when the “news” broke that you, Kele, had left/been kicked from bloc party. This turned to joy when I realised you were in fact all together again and had just basically been f**king with NME.
In short, I loved hearing about the journey that has brought you all together again and is about to deliver Four to us. I eagerly await the 20th of August.

D.I.

SO HAPPY :)

Hey Kele,

my name is Evan Alas, and im very excited for the new album. See i play in a band called August Tale, and i have alot of influence from Bloc Party. and ive been so stuck in trying to write my new album right now, and im not write and album better than the previous one, but one thatll have alot more meaning and depth with song styles and lyrics. i know this Bloc Party is a very big achievement for you guys, and i was just asking if there were any tips on writing an album that will stay fresh and never lose its vibe for me?

Evan Alas

Elina

How loverly. <3 I'm already middle aged but I'm such a big fan of Bloc Party. It's such a perfect combination. And there's something so sincere and honest about you. And great music of course. :) I can (no can't because I'm in no hurry anywhere) waite to hear the new album, and I'll see you live in the summer.

Erik

Great news! I’m looking forward to it.

Greetings from Germany,
Erik

JOE

thank you so much for this kele! I have been wondering about the circumstances of the hiatus ever since it has been announced. I am thankful to bp for not just hitting the “sync” button of your daw software.
I am looking forward to your new record and to seeing you live again!

Is Matt still living in Berlin?

Greets,

Joe

Tom

Best news I’ve heard since the surprise announcement of Intimacy four years ago…

[...] an excerpt of what Okereke has to say about the new record on his blog: there have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but its finally here. we started [...]

Fair play mate. Really looking forward to this – its been too long!

George

Thanks for sharing your story Kele. This provides some much needed clarity about where the band has been and where you four plan to go. The teaser trailer for the album sounds great and it looks like you’ve all tried to go nowhere in particular in order to get to somewhere extraordinary. Best of luck with tour!

Mark

I have a lot of respect for you and your music and seeing that you listen to the Deftones just increases that! Can’t wait to hear the new album. Hope the band had fun!

[...] kele discusses upcoming bloc party LP [...]

don’t think i’ve ever been this excited for a record.

aaron.

This is awesome news! I’m very excited to hear any little bit of new material until the pre-order gets here. Bloc Party had a huge impact on me growing up. Silent Alarm is one of those cds I listened to so much that it became no longer readable and I had to get another copy. Cant wait for any of it, good luck on the upcoming months!

Ben

Kele, this blog post just made me want to read your book even more. How can I get my hands on it?

Thanks.

Ben

Just listened to/watched the trailer and I cannot wait for this album to be released.

Ruben

Kele, you have an amazing way with words.. You’ve got me so excited to hear the four of you back together again!

Andrey

It was long waiting. But I’m happy that We Will Here Something New from You Guys!
The only one thing, That I realy want.
You SHOULD visit RUSSIA, Saint-Petersburg.
You’ve never been in Russia, and it’s too sad…
Believe You’ll Come.

Kele,

Thank you for sharing! You guys have been one of my favorite bands for years now. I still beat myself up for not being able to see you guys when you played the Madison in Newport, KY (right by Cincinnati, OH) back in 2007. Very much looking forward to this.

God Bless Bloc Party!

Popeyedoyle

Hi!

This is such good news, I have waited and waited and to know that it finally comes out is excelletnt. I work as a teacher for kids between the ages of 7-12 and everybody knows I root for Tottenham Hotspurs and that I love Bloc Party as a band. Maybe my 3 T-shirts helps them to realise.

Thank you!!

Peter

this makes me so happy and now i’m even more excited to see you guys in finland!

filip

great news, the trailer is great, looking forward to whole album!
btw – any plans to coming to czech republic anytime soon?

D

<3

Nora

I can’t fucking wait! The album trailer sounds epic. Maybe I’ll get to see you guys live this year, if you ever COME BACK TO D.C. (pretty please??)…

David

This is just wonderful:) I actually thought this would never happen. I can’t believe it and I can’t waaaaait:)

aksel

Great to hear! you guys are the best.

Adam

I’m with you aaron, Bloc Party had a huge impact on me growing up too. I cannot wait for the new album – I just watched the trailer and the teasers of some of the songs already have me on board. I’m massively glad that you guys gave it another shot Kele.

Aww shit YEAH!

party.

I fucking love you: Gordon Moakes, Russell Lissack, Matt Tong and, of course, Kele Okereke, you have defined my essence, my childhood and my literature. Screw being afraid of merging on the freeway and disappearing here, Brett WILL get over it; I am the once, and future king, after falling into much more than rhodedendrons,

Can’t wait to hear your hard work! I’ve spun your formers into piles of wax!!!!

Andrea

Cannot wait for the new album! I play your records in the operating room and I’ve turned on a lot of new fans. Kele- I like the honesty and humor in the blog! See you at lollapalooza!

Cornell

This is wonderful to hear! You guys(well your music, seeing as I have never met any of you)have been a large part of my on going maturing, Haha. You have inspired me to attempt more musically, and to stand by my tunes. I’ve always appreciated your music honesty. All of your music, not just Bloc but even your solo. Can’t wait to hear four. Much love.

Emmanuel

I love this. Thank you from coming back Bloc Party :D

291j

I have listened to Silent Alarm, A Weekend in the City, Intimacy and some B-sides almost religiously each week since I discovered Bloc Party in 2008.
I’m sure as artists there are some things you don’t like about them but I really value them all for different reasons.

I love the fact your music works on so many different levels and even though I listen to it so much, I can STILL pick up on different things in there that I may not have noticed before.
The deeper I dig the more I find in the lyrics, the music, and the effects. And I love the fact that you try to leave your lyrics largely open to interpretation, describing them on a minimal level in interviews rather than submitting to NME/MTV style sound bites dumbing them down.

It is all signs of good quality music and a band to respect.
I’m grateful to each of you for it.

I look forward to this new album and the fact you guys are prepared to try different things rather than regurgitate the same thing each time.
As always I’m sure you guys will surprise me.

Thank you.

(Oh and btw – I know it is unlikely, but I keep hoping you guys will release tracks in Harmonix’s music video game RockBand 3 for me and my friends to crank up loud for Karoake nights ! :)
Oh and can you realise a guitar tab book for Intimacy as well? I already have the Silent Alarm and Weekend in the City tab books.

Lukas

thanks for this little part of a personal diary, I’ve always knew Bloc Party was still there and I also can’t wait to discover it!

I am beyond excited to hear the final product. You guys are my favourite band both live and on record. Each of your records has a different place in my life and I love them all dearly. I cannot wait for the release and look forward to seeing you at Splendour in the Grass in July

marwan

Congrats for the new album!!!
Can’t wait to hear it.
Bloc Party was a musical renaissance for me. I found a new interest in music owing to your first album. I appreciate your work as a whole and hope to see you soon live in France.
Bonne chance pour la suite,

Marwan

[...] Party tendrán nuevo disco definitivamente según ha confirmado Kele Okereke en una entrada de su blog personal. En el mismo declara que su nuevo lanzamiento se llamará Four (la originalidad de estos [...]

[...] An English band has reunited and named their fourth album after the numerical release number. No, we’re not talking about the Verve and Forth (which I assumed was a play on words) – we’re talking about Bloc Party. As I retweeted yesterday (since I was might’ve been drinking some beers and didn’t want to type 140 characters), Bloc Party have announced their new album will be called Four. From singer Kele Okereke’s blog: [...]

Good read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was performing slightly research on that. And he just bought me lunch since I identified it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thank you for lunch! 208830

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