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Bloc Party to split (again)

By | Published on Thursday 13 June 2013

Bloc Party

Bloc Party’s is a delicate band-marriage, so it is, and one that’s in the act of disintegrating again as Kele et al have (again) decided to take a break. I keep saying ‘again’ because they did a similar thing in 2009, taking until 2011 to ‘make nice’, and make last year’s ‘Four’ LP. Oh, Bloc Party.

This time, says BP guitarist Russell Lissack, the hiatus/marital split will start after the band’s headlining set at Latitude Festival (19 Jul), and may last, he estimates, “at least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years”. Apparently “it’s hard to say”. No kidding.

Sharing his wife’s opinion that life in Bloc Party is a “rollercoaster of extreme highs and extreme lows”, Lissack adds: “[With third album] ‘Intimacy’, when we toured that it was probably more lows than highs due to the relationships in the band not being very good and lack of communication and people not enjoying what we were doing”.

“This time, before we set off on this record [‘Four’], it was something we discussed and I think we’ve been dealing with it a little better. Not a lot better but a little better”.

Despite the hiatus, Bloc Party will release a new EP featuring “five or six” tracks, all predating their present live stint, later this year.