Indie group to re-unite in September

Bloc Party are set to get back together later this year in order to work on new material.

After almost five years of relentless touring and recording, Bloc Party decided to take time off in 2009. Completing the 'Bloctober' tour the band went their separate ways, indulging in a variety of different projects.

Singer Kele Okereke re-emerged as a synth-pop star, releasing his debut solo album 'Tenderoni'. Guesting on a track with Hercules & Love Affair, the frontman launched a number of different projects.

Currently writing erotic fiction in New York, Kele Okereke is planning to release a collection of short stories later this year. Meanwhile, Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack has been busy with projects of his own.

Releasing an album under the Pin Me Down moniker, Lissack also joined close friends Ash as their touring guitarist. Speaking to the NME, the guitarist confirmed that Bloc Party plan to reconvene later this year.

"Kele and I started working on Bloc Party stuff together and separately," the guitarist explained.

"We're having a bit of a break until the festivals are over, because people have commitments during the summer, but we're going to get back properly in September and sit in a rehearsal studio to work on new band material."

Rumours began to circulate about possible new material earlier this year. Ash have completed their touring obligations, with Russell Lissack free to start a new project. Asked by the NME if he was set to work with Bloc Party, Northern Irish frontman Tim Wheeler hinted that this could be the case.

Russell Lissack could yet re-join Ash for summer shows, though. The guitarist spoke to ClashMusic last year and revealed that he was hugely enjoying his time with the evergreen indie rock legends.

However that was before he was bitten by a lion...

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