Over the summer, Bloc Party revealed some information about their forthcoming sophomore release, and today they finally came out with all the details. Their second album, A Weekend in the City, is the follow-up to their groundbreaking, critically acclaimed debut Silent Alarm. The album, which was recorded at Dublin's Grouse Lodge studio, will street Feb. 6 on Vice Records. As I previously reported, it was produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, Editors) and will see the band going in a darker albeit more mature, expansive direction.
Where Silent Alarm set up the band as one of the leaders of the modern post-punk movement with its angular, infectious guitars, throbbing drum beats and wailing vocals, A Weekend in the City could solidify Bloc Party's place as one of the memorable bands of this era.
According to a press release, "A Weekend in the City is inspired by lead singer Kele Okereke’s interest in what he calls “the living noise of a metropolis.” The music was influenced by Philip Glass, Timbaland, Aaliyah and Bartok and the band experiments with more urban beats and samples -- not to mention the incorporation of strings for the first time. Choral chanting and humming, a la TV on the Radio, were also played with and will be featured on select tracks.
For why Bloc Party experimented and morphed their sound, Kele told me last June that "it kind of dogs me a little that we're seen as a
rock band. Of course we're in a rock band - we play guitars. That's
really so far from what I wanted this band to be perceived as ... I just really hope that this
album goes some way to making guitar rock music to sounding a little
less white and skinny, I guess. The music that I've been inspired by hasn't been any guitar bands in the last five to 10 years."
Bloc Party hit the road this fall with Panic! at the Disco before settling in for the holidays and gearing up for their February release.
Track listing for A Weekend in the City:
1. Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
2. Hunting For Witches
3. Waiting For the 7:18
4. The Prayer
7. Where Is Home?
9. I Still Remember
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