Bloc Party are back. Almost. After a two-year hiatus, the band will stage a “proper” reunion in September. While the group intends to develop new material, they have no plans to perform before the end of 2011.
Fans have been speculating for months about a Bloc Party reunion, spurred by a group photo at Christmas. The rumours intensified when Russell Lissack became a free agent at the end of March, leaving Ash after about a year as a touring guitarist. Now, Lissack has confirmed that Bloc Party are to return, in an interview with NME.
“Kele and I started working on Bloc Party stuff,” Lissack said. “We’re having a bit of a break until the festivals are over, because people have commitments during the summer, but we’re going to get back properly in September and sit in a rehearsal studio to work on new band material.”
In a Facebook posting last month, drummer Matt Tong said Bloc Party will “most likely not” play any concerts in 2011, although they plan to make another album. In another recent interview, Lissack said he had already written “maybe seven or eight songs” for the next Bloc Party LP.
Bloc Party have been on hiatus since the end of 2009. “We definitely need to have a break and gain a bit of perspective on life outside of the band,” Tong said at the time.” All Bloc Party members except Tong have since launched side-projects, including Lissack’s Pin Me Down, bassist Gordon Moakes’s Young Legionnaire, and Kele Okereke’s 2010 solo album, The Boxer. (via guardian UK)