Okereke broke the news on triple j this afternoon, confirming the band are “at the writing slash recording stage” and have about 18 ideas to work with. He said they hope to lay those ideas down in the next few months.
While in the studio, Okereke picked up a guitar and performed a surprise acoustic rendition of one of those unreleased new Bloc Party tracks, called Exes.
Okereke spoke about the possibility of another Bloc Party album with Music Feeds last year, saying the best way for the band to honour 2015’s 10th anniversary of their debut studio album Silent Alarm would be to “make more records”.
“I think that’s more important than revival or some kind of nostalgic experience,” he said. “I feel that the band isn’t some record – at this point it’s a collection of records – and I feel that the best way to honour that would be to make more records, not just to look back to where we were.”
Bloc Party first went on hiatus in 2009 following the release of their third album Intimacy, citing interpersonal conflict. They returned in 2012 to release their latest studio album Four and followed that up in 2013 with The Nextwave Sessions EP.
Okereke is in Australia now on a solo tour, backed by material from his second solo album, Trick, released in October. Tour details are available below.
Update: Listen to Kele Okereke’s performance of the work-in-progress track below, via triple j.
Photos: Bloc Party – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney 13/03/2013. Photographed by Ashley Mar
Bloc Party Have Started Work On A New Album - Music Feeds
Kele 2015 Australian Tour
Friday, 13th March 2015
The TBC Club, Brisbane
Saturday, 14th March 2015
The Helm, Sunshine Coast
Wednesday, 18th March 2015
The Corner, Melbourne
Thursday, 19th March 2015
Friday, 20th March 2015
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sunday, 22nd March 2015
Sets On The Beach, Perth