Bloc Party

Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Originally known as Union, this London, England-based art-punk quartet emerged in 2004 as one of the year’s most intriguing prospects. Kele Okereke (Kelechukwu Rowland Okereke, 13 October 1981, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; vocals/guitar) and Russell Lissack (b. 11 March 1981, London, England; guitar) first met in 1998 and after several attempts to start their own band, finally found two musicians, Gordon Moakes (b. 22 June 1976, England; bass/vocals) and Matt Tong (b. 29 April 1979, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; drums), with mutual musical tastes.

The quartet began playing live shows at the start of 2002 and recorded a demo under their original name, Union. Drawing inspiration from key 80s bands such as the Cure (particularly in Okereke’s vocals) and Gang Of Four, the quartet began to draw rave notices for their endearingly ramshackle stage performances. They released the three-track 7-inch vinyl single ‘She’s Hearing...

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