Bloc Party Continuing Without Kele Okereke

    Update: Pitchfork reports that Bloc Party have denied kicking out lead singer Kele Okereke. They also posted an update on their website that indicates that “Bloc Party is still Bloc Party.”

    A story surfaced about a week ago that Bloc Party may be carrying on without singer Kele Okereke, who seems more focused on his solo career at present. Okereke claimed he had seen the band heading into a rehearsal space in New York, which guitarist Russell Lissack has now confirmed.

    “It’s not really a secret because Kele’s been pretty busy doing solo stuff and it looks like he’s going to be doing that a bit longer,” said Lissack, in an interview with NME. “The other three of us wanted to meet up and make music. We were talking about just doing an instrumental thing, but now we might get a singer as well, to properly put some music out and play some shows.”

    It’s not clear whether these recordings will come out under the Bloc Party name, although that seems unlikely. Lissack claims there are “no bad vibes” with Okereke, but added that he hadn’t spoken to him in “a couple of months.” Whatever’s happening it doesn’t sound like things are going well in the Bloc Party camp at present, and it opens up the question as to whether anyone would be interested in seeing the band without Okereke, which seems unlikely.