Bloc Party today announce the details of their new album HYMNS, due for release29 January 2016 via Create/Control + Infectious Music / BMG in standard CD and digital formats, as well as deluxe CD, deluxe digital and limited edition double vinyl formats featuring four extra songs. The album’s opening song, ‘The Love Within’, is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album; it is also available to stream and download now.
‘HYMNS’ is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and awards and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.
As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whomKele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?”
The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party. HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele andRussell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.
In August Bloc Party played two sold out shows in the US at The Glass House,Pomona, and The Roxy, Los Angeles, before an acclaimed appearance at FYF Fest, where they headlined The Lawn stage. Bloc Party are confirmed to return to Australia this summer to headline Falls Festival, Southbound plus sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney. See www.bloc.party for full details.
Bloc Party are:
Kele Okereke (vocals, guitar), Russell Lissack (guitar), Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle (drums).
Bloc Party Upcoming Australian Performances
The Falls Music And Arts Festival
Tue 5th Jan – The Forum Melbourne
Thu 7th Jan – The Enmore Sydney
Sun 10th Jan – Southbound Festival
1. The Love Within
2. Only He Can Heal Me
3. So Real
4. The Good News
6. Different Drugs
7. Into The Earth
8. My True Name
11. Living Lux
12. Eden (deluxe edition bonus track)
13. Paradiso (deluxe edition bonus track)
14. New Blood (deluxe edition bonus track)
15. Evening Song (deluxe edition bonus track)
‘HYMNS’ To Be Released in Australia And New Zealand January 29
Pre-order now via iTunes / Create/Control
‘HYMNS’ Deluxe : Pre-order now via iTunes + Create Control