It is about time. Bloc Party return from the seedy belly of wherever a prolonged hiatus brings someone, and have a release date for their new album, “Four.” The new album is set for release August 20, 2012, and consists of 12 tracks, 14 on the deluxe edition.
There is certainly a common thread recently with naming an album in its accompanying numerical release. ‘Four” is the group’s fourth album, following their third in 2008, which was not titled “Three” but actually “Intimacy.”
“Intimacy” was instrumentally dynamic but very focused on an electronic sound, the group toning down the guitar elements and introducing entire songs driven by keyboard bamboozling.
So the hiatus wasn’t as long as other groups in recent memory (The Cars disappeared for 20 years there and Jane’s Addiction four separate hiatus’ would like a word) but with Bloc Party’s back catalog of excellent songs and albums, the wait only seems longer than it actually was.
In promotion of the new album, the band are embarking on a short tour of America, visiting a few select and sometimes obscure cities as if they were picked from a hat instead of meticulously chosen to maximize the touring potential.
The dates are posted below, so you ca immediately be disappointed they aren’t coming anywhere near you. Also posted is the track list to the upcoming album and the album trailer:
Sept 14- House of Blues Boston MA
Sept 15- Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA
Sept 16- 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Sept 17- 9:30 Club Washington DC
Sept 19- Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Sept 21- Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Sept 22- First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Sept 28- Showbox Seattle, WA
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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