Bloc Party to Bring New Influences to Ireland to Record Their New Album
By: Spacelab Research Staff Bloc Party have been rehearsing in their London studio on the music for their new album, in preparation for recording in Ireland. They've been citing the different phases of David Bowie as an influence that hit them all through their tour dates in 2005. I guess a band on the road has a lot of time to listen to music, and Bloc Party really played a lot of dates in 2005. Maybe the band can open for Bowie in 2007?
Bassist Gordon Moakes told NME "There's a bunch of songs that we've already demoed and stuff we play in soundchecks which are becoming more solid." They'll now be heading into the studio for a proper recording of the tracks with producer Jacknife Lee in Ireland. The album reportedly has an unoffical title of Urbanite Relaxation.
The London Underground and bus bombings seem to have had an impact on lead singer Kele Okereke. He recently told Billboard "The 30 bus in Hackney, which is just around the corner from where I live, was blown up. [That song was] written when I was just observing the reactions of the mainstream press in [the United Kingdom] and I was just amazed at how easy it'd been to whip them up into a fury." This event has made its way into the new song "Hunting For Witches," part of the new album.
So will the band be overly serious from know on? Not bloody likey. Vice Recordings says "Kele Okereke is energetic and optimistic enough that the group’s politics never get in the way of the groove- rarely has a pop band made intelligent social commentary so irresistibly danceable." So maybe we can expect a simulataneous happening of politics and groove, always a heady combination.