Now that Oasis and Blur are out of the picture, you’d think Bloc Party would take full advantage of being Britain’s most popular band. However, the quartet decided to take a different approach, instead choosing to go on an indefinite hiatus. That said, not all is bad in the world of Bloc Party!
As previously reported, frontman Kele Okereke is using his time off to ready his first ever solo album. On June 21st (in the UK), he’ll release the finished product, a 1o-track effort titled The Boxer.
According to NME, the album, which will be under Okerekes solo title Kele, was produced mainly in New York with producer XXXchange. Kele noted that the record will showcase a more dance-tinged sound than that of his main outfit:
“Ive been into clubbing for years, Kele said. Ive said from the beginning Im into dance, it gets me excited and I think this record is going to go some way to prove that to people, hopefully.”
The Boxer will be preceded by the single ‘Tenderoni’ on June 14th. In support of the release, Kele has mapped out a series of U.K. tour dates for this summer, which you can find below.
Kele 2010 Tour Dates:
05/14 – Limerick, IE @ Dolans
05/15 – Cork, IE @ Cyprus Avenue
05/16 – Dublin, IE @ The Academy
05/17 – Belfast, IE @ Spring and Airbrake
05/20 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
05/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbarhalle
05/22 – Berlin, DE @ Weekend Club
06/12 – Manchester, UK @ Warehouse Project Fest
06/16 – Ferropolis, DE @ Melt Festival
08/27 – Paris, FR @ Rock En Siene
08/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/29 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/31 – Ibiza, ES @ Ibiza Rocks