- Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Justin Harris and Louise Bartle
Bloc Party facts
- Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively
- Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music
- The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack
- They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003
- Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition
- Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices"
- In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm
- It was critically acclaimed and was named Indie Album of the Year at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music
- That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain
- The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200
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