Indie rock legends Bloc Party are set to hit the country this New Year for the annual Falls and Southbound festivals, plus a run of sideshows, in the lead up to a new release called Hymns – their first record with a new lineup. The band have just released the second single from the new album The Love Within and now they have some visual candy to go with it.
The Love Within sees the band going down an even more electronic path than they have previously. The video frames the track accordingly, with pulsating dancers making their way through an empty East London mall, choreographed by Holly Blakely (Florence and the Machine, Jungle, Young Fathers).
Hymns is due out on January 29th via Create/Control. The album is set to be a return to a more stripped back Bloc Party, with singer/guitarist Kele Okereke and guitarist Russell Lissack being the the only remaining original members.
“It’s still a very live record,” says Lissack. “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.” Okereke 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.”
Bloc Party summer tour dates:
The Falls Music And Arts Festival:
Dec 28, 2015 until Jan 01, 2016 in Lorne, VIC (SOLD OUT)
Dec 29, 2015 until Jan 01, 2016 in Marion Bay, TAS
Dec 31, 2015 until Jan 03, 2016 in Byron Bay, NSW
Tue 5th Jan, The Forum Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
Thu 7th Jan, The Enmore Sydney
Sun 10th Jan, Southbound Festival