Bloc Party's Russell Lissack is ready to jump behind the decks for the Sunday Safari in Byron Bay.
Bloc Party's Russell Lissack is ready to jump behind the decks for the Sunday Safari in Byron Bay. Contributed

Bloc Party confusion

BLOC Party frontman Kele Okereke wasn't invited to the band's rehearsals in New York.

Well, that's what United Kingdom's NME music magazine reported last week.

And only last night (Wednesday, September 28) the magazine said they could confirmed Bloc Party is looking for a new singer, quoting guitarist Russell Lissack.

Pulse was lucky enough to talk to Lissack the day before he flew to the Big Apple for these "secret" meetings.

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But despite saying it was early days for the band's next album, all seemed well with the UK foursome.

"We've only met up once, with the four of us together in a room, a few weeks ago for the first time in two years," Lissack said.

The band don't expect to have an album until next year.

"We usually work pretty well once things get going so hopefully everyone will just knuckle down and we'll get things done pretty quickly," Lissack told Pulse.

So did they enjoy the meeting?

"No … we remembered why we hated each other so it was very awkward," Lissack said, laughing, before adding: "No, no, it was good actually. It was nice meeting up in New York because in the past we've always met up in London.

"We all kind of grew up around here so to meet up in New York and to hang out together in a non-touring environment was quite nice. Everyone's pretty happy to be doing music together again."

If the reports the band is looking for a new singer are true, things must have changed quickly.

Bloc Party's debut album Silent Alarm launched the band onto the world stage in 2005. Their last album, Intimacy, was released in 2008.

The latest entry on the band's website reads: 'Bloc Party is still Bloc Party. See you soon'.

Byron Bay will be seeing Lissack very soon when he DJs the Sunday Safari launch party on Sunday, October 9.

Russell Lissack, Sampology, Mitzi and Glass Towers kick off the Sunday Safari launch party on Sunday, October 9, at the Byron Bay Brewery. Tickets $20 or from the venue.

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