Bloc Party Debut on Its Way

Published: 2004-12-21
The first half of 2005 will be bringing in a flood of British albums, many of which have finally received domestic release here in North America. Lesser known acts like Ash and The Frames to major international artists like Coldplay will be dropping their newest material on us next year. Bloc Party, a quartet that's been tearing it up in their native Britain but have yet to approach this continent, have already secured a 2005 American release for their debut with Vice Records.

Called 'Silent Alarm', the album is set for release on March 22nd in North America, and will have already been stocked on British shelves for well over a month by then (it's being released February 14th in the UK). Prior to 'Silent Alarm' the London art-rockers released a self-titled EP in September, which featured 6 of the band's songs.

The track-listing of 'Silent Alarm':

'Like Eating Glass'
'Positive Tension'
'Blue Light'
'She's Hearing Voices'
'This Modern Love'
'Price of Gas'
'So Here We Are'

Plans are for Bloc Party to head out on tour to support 'Silent Alarm' in the New Year, but so far no concrete plans have been announced. Odds are they'll try their best to win over North America just like their brethren Franz Ferdinand, which probably means a least a few dates up here in Canada. At the moment Bloc Party are playing their final gigs of the year in Tokyo, Japan, after a tour of the UK with New York band Interpol.

In other Bloc Party news completely unrelated to their actual music, lead singer Kele Okereke made it to #7 on the NME's 'Cool List 2004', which was headed up by a tie between Libertines co-frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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