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[more:]Prefix Magazine: You’ve said that the name Bloc Party is not a political reference and that you aren’t a political band, but certainly “Helicopters” is a political song. Bloc Party: Yeah, I think we’re finding it increasingly hard to deny. I think what we objected to initially was the idea that we had political ideas to preach, when really it was more about an awareness of things rather than to inform listeners or define ourselves by our ideas. PM: What do you feel is a musician’s role in politics, if any? Bloc Party: I think it can be inspired. But you just have to find a middle way and make sure you know that you’re a band and you’re not trying to change the world or anything. On the other hand, I think we despair of bands that have no sense of the world around them. What’s more political than being a part of this international structure that is the music industry? But we are trying to pace it all because a lot of songs are really personal. But on the other hand it’s important to be aware of the world around you. PM: What is the general writing process for the band? Bloc Party: Most things start with an idea, and a lot of them come from Kele. We just build things on top of that, you know, our own take on what it should sound like. It’s pretty open. We’re often working toward something that we can all kind of feel. We just need to find the right expression of it. PM: I think the strength of the rhythm section really comes across on the album. What do you feel you bring to the band personally and why did you choose to play the bass? Bloc Party: My brother played the bass so there was always one I could pick up and play around on. But I always heard the bass line of songs, and that always attracted me, so I would play along to songs. I really liked Joy Division, and they made a difference because a lot of their songs were about the bass guitar and the guitar parts were kind of texture. I found that quite interesting.
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