Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke told Radio 1 today (January 3rd) that he and the rest of the band will be returning later this year with the follow-up album to 2008’s Intimacy.
The seminal band, who burst onto the indie rock scene in 2005 with their debut Silent Alarm, went on hiatus in August 2009, with its members pursuing different musical directions. Notably, guitarist Russel Lissack went onto join the live lineup of rock band Ash, while Okereke pursued a solo career releasing a well-received album and EP.
The band first announced that they were reunited and writing material back in April 2011. There was initially speculation as to whether the new lineup would include Okereke, as the frontman reported to the NME that the band were auditioning for a new singer and rehearsing without him. The statements were later retracted by the band, with many speculating the story as a wind-up or a form of generating publicity.
Kele recently released an EP called The Hunter, of which you can read the review here.