Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong talks to us ahead of their UK tour
New album Four is 'the first time we’ve communicated what we wanted to achieve, with any record'
Bloc Party paved the way for resurgence in the popularity of simplistic, yet engaging rock music when they first emerged almost ten years ago. With their biting, post-punk aesthetic and potent hooks, the band enjoyed brief but major success with three albums and a string of now indie classics under their belt.
After interest on both sides waned, the band called a hiatus in 2009, spawning several solo works and other ventures. They never split, but their collective future seemed tough to predict.
However, despite rumours of upset, confusion and line-up changes in the Bloc Party camp – many of which were tongue in cheek products of the band themselves – the Londoners have recently reappeared almost as quickly as they were gone and arguably stronger than ever, with a new album in hand.
As drummer Matt Tong explains, the reality was much simpler (and friendlier) than the press would suggest. ‘We never had any intention to replace Kele with someone else; we’d already begun recording when that rumour came out. But yeah, what began as a private joke kind of got out of control,’ Tong jokes. ‘To be honest, I think we were a little bit surprised that people still gave a toss in the first place!’
After an intimate warm up tour earlier this year, the band are back with a bang this autumn in support of new album Four.
‘It’s the first time we’ve communicated what we wanted to achieve, with any record,’ explains Tong. ‘I think we’ve always found it difficult in the past to sit down and talk about it. With that basic principle in place though, it became very easy to write the material that made up the majority of Four. If anything, the time away definitely added to the songwriting quality of the record.’
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Sun 14 Oct.