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Bloc Party
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Group Members Kele Okereke
Russell Lissack
Justin Harris
Louise Bartle
Past Group Members Gordon Moakes
Matt Tong
Music Genre (Text) Indie rock
post-punk revival
alternative dance
art punk
post-Britpop
Origin London, England
Year(s) Active 1999–present
Record Label BMG
Wichita
Frenchkiss
Atlantic
Infectious
Vagrant
Transgressive
Trash Aesthetics
Vice
Arts & Crafts
Dim Mak
Official Websites blocparty.com
Associated Acts Pin Me Down
Young Legionnaire
Menomena
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Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums, percussion). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo "She's Hearing Voices".

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