By: Spacelab Research Staff
The Bloc Party hype machine keeps rolling as the band makes more and more announcements about its new album. They've reported on their website that they're done recording the album, and will move to the later stages of tying it all together.
"Bloc Party have finished a month at Grouse Lodge in County Westmeath in Ireland laying down licks and chops for the next record," said bassist Gordon Moakes. He went on to say "We've all been banging and hitting things, detuning guitars, programming beats and making various kinds of racket. I guess we had big ideas for this album and Jacknife has given them the green light and urged us to go further."
They've been working with Jacknife Lee in Ireland on laying down the tracks, and will finish up the mixing in a London studio. The album is due out sometime in 2007.
Bloc Party has been pretty insistent at this point that they've been moving in new directions, adding in elements of R'n'B, strings, samples and sound effects, among other things. The band seems destined to move away from its staccato sound of jangly 80's influences that were so prevalent on last year's Silent Alarm, a sound that's been talked about as being narrowly defined. A recent post on the band's official forum says "THEY ARE PLAY THE SAME CHORDS AND THEIR MUSIC GOES THE SAME FOR EVERY SONG!" So maybe a new direction is just what the band needs to keep things interesting. Or maybe the band made the post themselves as a joke.
Bloc Party has even been shooting video of the studio sessions to put together material for their web site. We'll get to see the kind of Bloc Party party they have in the studio to make their music.
When talking to NME about the direction of the new album, lead singer Kele Okereke said "It's really, to me, very much an album about living in the city and I think a lot of the themes resonating on the record are pretty much about everyday living in the metropolis. So I guess the title's really gonna represent that for me."
The album is rumored to be called Urbanite Relaxation, but that may have been a working title and might change before the album is actually released. Song titles confirmed to be included so far are Waiting For The 7.18, Uniform, Perfect Teens, England, and Song For Clay. A few tracks that have been recorded and might be included are Kreuzberg and Cells Shaped Like Stars.
Bloc Party: Tour Dates 07-28 - Boston, MA - Bank Pavilion
07-29 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Pool
08-01 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
08-03 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
08-04 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
08-05 - San Diego, CA - Street Scene Festival
08-08 - Mexico City, Mexico
08-09 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
08-10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
08-19 - 2006 Chelmsford V Festival
08-20 - 2006 Stafford V Festival