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About Bloc Party

Bloc Party began in 1999, when Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack decided to form a band inspired by their love of Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Pixies, and DJ Shadow. ∙ They landed their big break when Okereke got the demo of “She’s Hearing Voices” to BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq, who played it on his show. ∙ During the band’s formative years, Okereke studied English Literature at King’s College London but dropped out after Bloc Party signed with Wichita Recordings. ∙ Silent Alarm was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize and was named Album of the Year by NME. ∙ Their sophomore album, A Weekend in the City, hit No. 12 on the US charts and made the Top 10 in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand. ∙ Okereke has been a featured vocalist on numerous tracks by other artists, including “Believe” by The Chemical Brothers and “It’s Not the Things You Say” by Tiësto. ∙ Okereke has released four solo albums under the name Kele, including the UK Top 20 hit The Boxer.

London, England
August 1999
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