UK indie rockers Bloc Party have a released a new track titled ‘Stunt Queen’. The song is the first piece of material to be both written and performed by the band’s new line up.
Bloc Part first hit the scene in the 2005 with their brilliant debut album ‘Silent Alarm’.
‘Silent Alarm’ peaked at number three in the UK albums chart and went on to become a platinum record. The band also became popular in the US thanks to some fantastic performances on Letterman and Conan, and the inclusion of their song ‘Like Eating Glass’ on the ‘Tony Hawks American Wasteland’ soundtrack.
The band went on to release a further three studio albums titled ‘A Weekend In The City’, ‘Intimacy’ and ‘Four’, before both bassist Gordon Moakes and drummer Simon Tong departed in 2013. The reason for the duo’s departure was never fully explained however, in a recent interview singer Kele Okereke stated: “I can tell you it was about someone doing cocaine and someone not being into it. That’s all I’m gonna say. People think bands breaking up is sexy but often it’s super mundane, like not flushing the toilet or washing up. It’s often not about the flashpoints but deep-seated issues.”
Earlier this year, the band put out their fifth studio album ‘Hymns’. The record was the first to feature new bassist Justin Harris, but it wasn’t until much later in the year that new drummer Louise Bartle was officially unveiled by the band.
‘Stunt Queen’ is the first track to be written and performed by the new look four piece. Okereke said of the track: “Stunt Queen has its genesis in an idea that dates back to the Australian tour we did at the start of 2016.”
“It was an idea that we worked on at sound checks and was one of the first ideas to come along after Justin and Louise joined the band. Playing the Hollywood Bowl feels like a significant milestone for the band and we wanted to mark it with a new release.”