A cool 10 years around the Bloc
A cool 10 years around the Bloc

This year marks the 10th year of Bloc Party's existence and it's hard to think of a British band that has been more important in that time.

Main man Kele Okereke cares not for milestones and is happy to continue writing and touring in this very productive era for the four-piece, which saw them return from hiatus with their fourth album, 4, released late last year.

Bloc Party has unveiled the hypnotic video for latest single Truth just in time for their first full Australian tour in more than four years. The Londoners star on this year's instalment of the super-popular Future Music Festival, alongside the Stone Roses, Prodigy, the Temper Trap and many more.

The clip is directed by Aussie filmmaker Clemens Habicht, who made PVT's newbie Vertigo in 3-D and features the band suspended in animation.

"We had like one day off in-between tours and we had to shoot this video first thing in the morning through 10 at night," singer Okereke recalls.

"We were basically standing around in a cold field all day but I'm very proud of it and very happy at how it turned out in the end. I think it's very beautiful.

"Those animation shots were actually us trampolining all day," he says. "We spent the whole day just jumping up and down, which was quite nice."

Next up for the band is an EP of remixes and reinterpretations of Truth, with each member picking an underground producer to have their way with the song.

Okereke picked Los Angeles stargazers IO Echo, who did an almost unrecognisable take on Truth.

"We just finished doing this tour of the States and they're really awesome guys. We were quite happy to tour with them and they did such a great job with their version of Truth," he says.

"I think if someone's doing your material, it's a reinterpretation isn't it, so you wanna hear their take on it. I think it would be boring if they didn't re-imagine it, I think that's what makes their version exciting."

Ahead of their return to Australia for Future Music, Bloc Party has added at least one brand new song to the set list in Children of the Future. Okereke says the band is constantly working on new material while touring.

"We're playing a quite a few new songs," he says. "I don't know if we're thinking in terms of an album but we think it would be cool to get some music out there, for sure.

"We always write when we're on the road; it's what we've done from the beginning. So we're just carrying on with what it is we're doing."


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