Bloc Party: 'We Don't Need The Band Anymore'

14 August 2012 | 12:36 pm | Sally Anne Hurley

The future of the indie pioneers remains in the balance ahead of new album.

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The future of the Bloc Party has been all the talk lately and lead vocalist Kele Okereke this week has added further fuel to the rumours that this latest album may be their last.

In an interview withThe Drum Media this week, Okereke said that Bloc Party. is not a necessity anymore.

“One of the good things I learnt about taking that time out - having six months of not doing anything in particular and just taking time to breathe, is a good thing," he said. "It's very important. You know, none of us need Bloc Party. If we stopped, we'd all be fine. We don't need to do this.”

Okereke was realistic about the possibility of a fifth album someday, but wouldn't be drawn into specifics.

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“I do think about Bloc Party's future. I do think about it, for sure,” he admitted. “But part of the problem that we had at the end of 2009 was that we felt that our lives were simply going from one year-long world tour and then straight into the studio to make a record and then back out into the world to tour that record. You know, you can only do so much of that before the situation starts to feel a little bit toxic.

“You know, you start to find it hard to figure out how to have a life outside of what you do for a living. I think we're all a bit wary of rushing back into that routine, into that rhythm, because it was quite destructive. Creatively, right now I've got no idea what another Bloc Party record would sound like right now - but that's a good thing. I think that's a good thing. We're ready and willing to be inspired - and I'm sure that will happen over the next year.”

Bloc Party will release their new album this Friday through Cooperative, and are streaming the record on their own website now.