Kele Okereke was ready to break-up Bloc Party
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 January 2016
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke doubted he'd make a fifth studio album with the band after their last tour descended into an unhealthy situation
Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke considered ending the band when they toured their fourth LP 'Four' in 2013.
The 'Flux' quartet got to a stage where relations between them were so strained the frontman felt ready to call time on the indie band he co-founded.
Kele said: "The group wasn't very healthy. That was the only time I felt like I didn't want to do this again."
The group came close to disbanding after drummer Matt Tong quit in the same year but Kele sought solace in a friend who decided to join the new line-up on the road and relations between the bandmates improved.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, he said: "It was just a bad atmosphere and I wasn't sure I wanted to stay with it. But when we parted ways with our drummer and Sarah, a friend of mine, came on tour with us, it was suddenly a different vibe."
Kele had convinced himself the band had run its course as a creative outlet for him but he began to realise the issues were about the people He added: "It was much more positive and I realised the issues we were having weren't really creative issues, they were more about personnel.
"With that in mind I realised that we had to do something about changing the personnel because it's totally a gift and a blessing to be able to do this and have this kind of lifestyle and be creative. It's not about giving it up, it's about celebrating it."
Bloc Party - now comprised of Kele, Russell Lissack, Justin Harris and
Louise Bartle - released their fifth studio album 'Hymns' on Friday (29.01.16).