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Apr 12, 2016

Bloc Party Share New Video for "Virtue"

Bloc Party have released a brand new video for their track “Virtue.” The single is featured on the band’s latest album HYMNS which was released in January. Check out the trippy visuals below!



Bloc Party - HYMNS: iTunes | Amazon | CD & Vinyl

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Mar 16, 2016

Bloc Party Plays Seth Meyers, Schedules SXSW Showcases

Last night, Bloc Party made their debut appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed the HYMNS hit, “The Love Below.” Check out their performance!



The band will be invading SXSW in Austin, TX having several shows planned throughout this week. See their full itinerary HERE.

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Jan 29, 2016

Bloc Party's HYMNS Out Now

Happy Release Day to Bloc Party who’s fifth album HYMNS is in stores today!

HYMNS is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and 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.”

As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whom Kele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?” The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party. HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele and Russell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.

“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.”

HYMNS is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon, as well on CD and limited 2xLP white vinyl in the Vagrant webstore.

Bloc Party - HYMNS: iTunes | Amazon | CD & Vinyl

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Jan 27, 2016

Bloc Party's HYMNS Streaming In Full On Noisey

Bloc Party has premiered their new album, HYMNS, over at Noisey! HYMNS is the band’s first album in four years. "I see HYMNS as an exploration of all the things that I hold sacred in my life," explains frontman Kele Okereke. "I'm not a religious person however I'm starting to realize that i do have a spiritual dimension and HYMNS was a way of celebrating the things that matter to me, from the stars and the moon, through to the rivers and the sea, as well as the joys of sex and intimacy. It's when I experience these things that I feel I am in the presence of the divine, so I wanted the HYMNS to reflect that." Head HERE to give the record a spin and make sure to pick up a copy of the album when it hits stores on Friday.

Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon

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Jan 14, 2016

Bloc Party Release New Single "Virtue"

A brand new Bloc Party single is here! “Virtue” which premiered as a World First on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show yesterday morning is now available on all outlets! If you pre-order the band’s upcoming album HYMNS, you’ll receive the track today as an instant download.

In an exclusive clip on Apple Music, Kele and Russell talk about the track and how it came to be. Watch it HERE.



Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon

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Dec 01, 2015

Bloc Party Premiere New Single "The Good News" at SPIN

Today, Bloc Party have released a brilliant new track off their much anticipated new album HYMNS! The track, which received an exclusive radio play across the pond on Steve Lamacq’s 6Music radio show, is classic Bloc Party awesomeness. Jump below or head HERE to listen to “The Good News” which premiered via SPIN. HYMNS will be released in January of next year. Pre-orders for the album are now live.



Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon

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Nov 05, 2015

Bloc Party Performs “The Love Within” On The Late Late Show

Last night, Bloc Party brought their brand new single “The Love Within” to The Late Late Show With James Corden! Jump below to watch the performance. “The Love Within” appears on the band’s upcoming LP, Hymns, which drops January 29, 2016.



Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon
Bloc Party - “The Love Within”: YouTube | Spotify | iTunes

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Nov 04, 2015

Bloc Party Premiere New Video for "The Love Within" On Rolling Stone

Bloc Party’s brand new video for “The Love Within” has premiered today on Rolling Stone! Rolling Stone spoke with frontman Kele Okereke about the concept behind the video and the influence of spirituality on the band’s upcoming album Hymns (out January 29). Click HERE to watch the video and read the interview in full.



Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon
Bloc Party - “The Love Within”: YouTube | Spotify | iTunes

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Oct 12, 2015

Bloc Party Announce New Album, HYMNS

Bloc Party today announced the details of their new album HYMNS, due for release on January 29, 2016 in standard CD and digital formats, as well as deluxe CD, deluxe digital and limited edition double vinyl formats featuring four extra songs. The album’s opening song, The Love Within, is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album; it is also available to stream and download now.

Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon
Bloc Party - “The Love Within”: YouTube | Spotify | iTunes

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01. The Love Within
02. Only He Can Heal Me
03. So Real
04. The Good News
05. Fortress
06. Different Drugs
07. Into The Earth
08. My True Name
09. Virtue
10. Exes
11. Living Lux

12. Eden (deluxe edition bonus track)
13. Paradiso (deluxe edition bonus track)
14. New Blood (deluxe edition bonus track)
15. Evening Song (deluxe edition bonus track)

HYMNS is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and 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.”

As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whom Kele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?” The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party. HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele and Russell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.

“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.”

Last week Bloc Party got the music in front of a UK audience for the first time, performing at Maida Vale studios to open BBC 6 Music Live, a week long series of live music broadcast from the legendary west London studios. The band’s set included new songs “The Good News” and “Exes,” alongside highlights from their considerable back catalogue including “Octopus,” “Banquet” and “This Modern Love.”

Watch Exes (6 Music Live at Maida Vale October 2015)

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Oct 06, 2015

Bloc Party Premiere New Single "The Love Within," New Album Out In 2016

We are incredibly thrilled to welcome Bloc Party to the Vagrant family! Bloc Party has just premiered their eagerly anticipated new song, “The Love Within,” which is a first taste from the band’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth album, due for release in early 2016.



Yesterday Bloc Party performed at London’s prestigious Maida Vale studios to open BBC 6 Music Live, a weeklong series of live music broadcast from the BBC. The band’s set included new songs “The Good News” and “Exes” alongside highlights from their critically lauded back catalog including “Octopus” (from 2012’s Four), “Banquet” (from 2005’s Silent Alarm), and “This Modern Love” (also from Silent Alarm). Watch the full performance HERE.

In August, Bloc Party made their live return in America, playing two sold out shows on the West Coast before an acclaimed appearance at this year’s FYF Fest, where they headlined The Lawn stage. They are confirmed to headline Falls Festival in Australia this winter, and play a run of intimate European shows in November-December; see www.bloc.party for details.