Bloc Party boys back for Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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LOC Party’s Kele Ok­ereke says ri­ot­ing on the streets of Lon­don ahead of the 2012 Olympics played less of a role than fans might think in the re­cent sin­gle Ket­tling.

The Lon­doner was liv­ing in New York City when he no­ticed the word had slipped back into mod­ern lingo.

‘‘The word ket­tling was coined in the 1990s to ex­plain a method used by po­lice to con­tain pro­test­ers, how they would stop trou­ble by iso­lat­ing peo­ple, sur­round­ing them to stop them in their tracks,’’ Ok­ereke says.

‘‘It’s a term I was hear­ing a lot of again in 2011, with so much civil un­rest go­ing on through­out the world, and it stuck with me.

‘‘At that stage I was liv­ing in the US and there it was all about the Oc­cupy Wall Street Move­ment.

‘‘There wasn’t a day when there wasn’t a story in the pa­pers.

‘‘Peo­ple were protest­ing and putting their bod­ies on the line, for what they be­lieved in.

‘‘And I thought there was some­thing quite ro­man­tic about all that. It wasn’t so much about try­ing to es­pouse some­one’s par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal mes­sage so much as recre­at­ing the fire that ex­ists in hu­man be­ings who de­cide they want to af­fect change.

‘‘There is some­thing really beau­ti­ful, some­thing ro­man­tic about peo­ple who be­lieve in some­thing so pas­sion­ately they put them­selves on the line.

‘‘Well, that was the idea any­way. I sup­pose what I’m try­ing to say, is ideas them­selves, are mu­ta­ble.

‘‘In ev­ery gen­er­a­tion, you will find peo­ple protest­ing about some idea or other. Now it is one thing. One hun­dred years ago it was some­thing dif­fer­ent. In 100 years time it will be some­thing else.

‘‘But the thing all th­ese peo­ple across the ages have in com­mon for a moment is the be­lief that their voices will be heard. I thought there was some­thing quite beau­ti­ful about all that.’’

Ket­tling was the sec­ond sin­gle for the al­bum Four, re­leased by Bloc Party in Au­gust. It has been hailed as a re­turn to ba­sics for the band hailed for its high­oc­tane gui­tar work with first crit­i­cally ac­claimed long­player Silent Alarm.

Bloc Party land in Aus­tralia to play as part of Fu­ture Mu­sic Fest in Bris­bane, Perth, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Ade­laide and a se­ries of side shows at venues that in­clude The Riverstage, Bris­bane.

Ok­ereke looks for­ward to putting to­gether a mix that will draw from all four al­bums as well as new songs.

‘‘We’ve been on tour for months now so I sup­pose we’re at the point where we’re kind of get­ting rest­less,’’ says Ok­ereke who calls ahead of shows in Ja­pan. ‘‘On the up­side, we started writ­ing new ma­te­rial which we hope to have ready to show­case for you there.

‘‘There’s a song called Mon­treal, an­other called Ra­chet and a third called Chil­dren of the Fu­ture which I’m es­pe­cially ex­cited about,’’ he says.

Aus­tralia loves Bloc Party and the band loves Aus­tralia. The band has made reg­u­lar vis­its in­clud­ing one for Splen­dour in the Grass last year.

‘‘It’s one of my favourite places in the world to play live,’’ says Ok­ereke of Aus­tralia. ‘‘The first time we came, be­fore we’d even re­leased the first Bloc Party record, I was amazed at the re­ac­tion that we got.

‘‘I mean here we were, no­bod­ies from all the way around the other side of the world and the crowd went crazy.

‘‘We’ve had plenty of vis­its to Aus­tralia since, many of them mem­o­rable, but noth­ing that stands out quite like the first.’’

Bloc Party play Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, at Doomben Race­course on Satur­day and The Riverstage, Bris­bane, on Tues­day. Kele also plays a DJ set at Fu­ture’s Jack Daniel’s Bar­rel House.

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