It seems like Kele Okereke spends quite a bit of time in Australia – or at the very least, he’s comfortable enough with the 24 hour flight that he visits us at least once a year. Last here in June/July 2014, he’s back this month touring his sophomore solo album Trick. Taking a little time between shows, the Bloc Party front man visited Triple J earlier this week with some news sure to send fans into a bit of a frenzy.
With the band’s last offering, Four, having come out in 2012, it’s been a long time coming for a new Bloc Party record. On Tuesday, he confirmed with presenters Veronica and Lewis that there was indeed a fifth studio album in the works.
“I guess it’s the first time that I have talked about it but we are making a record at the moment.” Rather than wanting to dwell on the upcoming ten-year anniversary of Bloc Party’s debut, Silent Alarm, Okereke has often spoken about how influences outside of the band were informing their new material: “It’s an evolution of where we are.”
With most members working on other projects since playing their last show together in 2013, Okereke echoed sentiments from his Howl & Echoes interview last year, when he stated that the tracks Bloc Party are working on sound unlike anything they’ve ever put out before.
Okereke claimed that the band have 18 off songs in the works, with plans to start laying them down in the coming months. The album, which Okereke played a snippet of a track (Exes) for the triple j presenters from, will end what has been a second hiatus for the London-based band.
Listen to the whole interview below: