Posted in music | tour dates on April 13, 2010

Kele

Kele Okereke is moving to New York.

The Bloc Party frontman fell in love with the city while recording his debut solo LP 'The Boxer' and is determined to relocate within the next few months.

He said: "Making a record has really made me fall in love with New York. I'd never seen the soul of the city until I recorded my record there.

"It made me realise I have to move there. I'm going to move there this year." [Monsters and Critics]

Kele will be playing his soon-to-be hometown with a Wednesday, August 4th show at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

The debut was produced by XXXchange (who did Spank Rock's last record) and comes out June 22st on Glassnote. Its single, "Tenderoni" (hopefully a worth addition to the list of songs with that name), is expected before then.

Kele's band, Bloc Party, have been on indefinite hiatus since October - they played Terminal 5 last March.

When the band decided to take a hiatus after five straight years of touring, Kele had originally intended to walk away from music for a year. But when downtime presented itself, he found his creative impulses were too strong, and ended up booking himself some exploratory time in a recording studio on a whim. Alone with an engineer, he gravitated towards new instruments, hardly ever picking up the guitar. "I plugged in synths with no idea what they would do. I began programming drum beats, which I had never done before. It was completely back to the drawing board. It was exciting and terrifying. In most cases, I sat down, pulled a drum beat out of nowhere, and arranged stuff around that. It was as exciting to me as the first time I picked up a guitar."
In that dancy vein, Kele guested on a track on Tiesto's album that came out last year. That song, The Boxer tracklist and all tour dates (in Ireland, UK and Europe) are below...

Tiƫsto feat. Kele Okereke - It's Not The Things You Say

"The Boxer" tracklist
01. Walk Tall
02. On The Lam
03. Tenderoni
04. The Other Side
05. Everything You Wanted
06. New Rules
07. Unholy Thoughts
08. Rise
09. All The Things I Could Never Say
10. Yesterday's Gone

Kele Okereke - 2010 Tour Dates
May 14 - Dolans, Limerick IE
May 15 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork IE
May 16 - The Academy, Dublin IE
May 17 - Spring and Airbrake, Belfast IE
May 20 - E-Werk (Electronic Beats), Cologne DE
May 21 - Prinzenbarhalle, Hamburg DE
May 22 - Weekend Club, Berlin DE
Jun 12 - Warehouse Project Fest, Manchester UK
Jul 16 - Melt Festival, Germany DE
Aug 04 - Webster Hall, New York NY
Aug 27 - Rock En Sein, Paris FR
Aug 28 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
Aug 29 - Reading Festival, Reading UK
Aug 31 - Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza ES

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Comments (45)

Welcome Kele. Hope you remember to keep a low profile (i.e. no music please).

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 5:46 PM

Tix go on sale before any of the music is heard? Umm, no.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 5:52 PM

cant imagine how sucky this is going to be

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 5:53 PM

new chair of the department of redundancy department

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 6:06 PM


Is he goin be hangin at Daddy's now?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 6:20 PM

where is he from?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 6:32 PM

has this leaked?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 6:33 PM

I love Bloc Party and can't wait to hear this. Stop hating!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 6:39 PM

Jock Party!

Posted by Fela Cutie | April 13, 2010 6:55 PM

Dude picks up instruments for first time. Makes "record". No thanks.

Posted by JT | April 13, 2010 7:07 PM

Do you guys have any talent? Probably not so shut the fuck up!

I'd suggest you listen to his music (wonderful lyrics paired with great guitar riffs)before slagging him off you "MORONS".

Posted by Cuddle_Duck | April 13, 2010 8:20 PM

yea i mean the main guy in a famous band makes a solo album. like bloc party or not there is no reason to believe this won't be just as good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 8:59 PM

i totally think it'll be as good as bloc party. but that's not saying much.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:12 PM

you are all pathetic. go do something better with your time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:15 PM

Seriously. Everyone's a critic. Especially here. I honestly think nobody likes music who reads this site. Everyone hates everyone. News flash: Bloc Party is better than the band you aren't in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:29 PM

uhm i hate bloc party, but this has potential. hes been working with andy butler lately. as in MR. HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR. if anyone can make this project worthwhile its him. lets give this a fair shake before we wreck it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:54 PM

shut up street teamers - he's shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:58 PM

I would like to be the first to tell him to GO THE FUCK BACK TO WHEREVER HE'S COMING FROM.

Posted by NYC native | April 13, 2010 10:21 PM

more hipster trash in nyc!!...hip-hip-hooray!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 10:26 PM

seriously? who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 10:27 PM

if you dont care about something andy butler related you are a moron.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 10:30 PM

Andy Butler is a moron..

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 11:11 PM

I've never heard a single note this guys played/sang/ written/ex. and all I can say after reading these comments is this is the last time I will ever look at this site. You all are pathetic and mean.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 11:39 PM

sucking dicks under the Promenade

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 12:50 AM


Andy Butler is a moron..
^^
um no he's not. but your more likely than not, a talentless twat...

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:13 AM

The guy rips on New York and LA in his songs all the time for being vapid empty shit holes and now he wants to move to one of them? Fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:36 AM

Seriously. Everyone's a critic. Especially here. I honestly think nobody likes music who reads this site. Everyone hates everyone. News flash: Bloc Party is better than the band you aren't in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2010 9:29 PM


Its thats a good thing that theres critics on here because theres wayyyy too many bands around claiming to be"indie" but are just little rock stars with not a care in the world except their social circles. You'll fit in just fine there bloc party guy in a 5,000 dollar apt in the East village or LES.
Luckily in London where I believe you come from has some intelligent indie bands of all sorts even though there as saturated as NYC with tired electro pop, 70's revival metal, and ironic bands.

Plenty of overpriced restaurants, foo foo dumb clothing shops, and more bands than ever in NYC but not as creative as bands here in the 1990's and 1980's.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:57 AM

I can't believe that no one has brought up how hot this dude looks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 7:20 AM

"The guy rips on New York and LA in his songs all the time for being vapid empty shit holes and now he wants to move to one of them? Fuck off. "

Yeah. God forbid someone actually visit a place, experience it and challenge their preconceived notions about it, change their opinion about it and come out with the realization that it's a great place and they'd love to live there. We should just lop off their heads immediately.

Posted by MD | April 14, 2010 9:54 AM

I can't believe that no one has brought up how hot this dude looks.

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are you a dude ?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 12:13 PM

maybe he could get himself to open for PIL...

Posted by me | April 14, 2010 12:29 PM

wow, what's with all the hate, seriously! Bloc Party rocks, Kele's voice is amazing, they'd been flirting with much 'dancier' stuff towards the end anyway, so i'm sure this will sound like some later Bloc Party. Kele always seems cool in interviews. Claiming that NYC is overrun with hipsters, etc (while true) while not leveling the same claim at London is hilarious. And i'm a married man with two kids, but the dude IS hot, he's friggin' jacked!!! Clearly been spendin some time in the gym too! :)

Posted by brian roach | April 14, 2010 12:43 PM

im an addict

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 1:02 PM

I would love to have the freedom and money to move wherever I wanted, have a great place to live, make records, experiment, meet new people, eat at great restaurants. It's funny to me that people have a problem with that idea.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 2:12 PM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 10:37 PM

It's clear that many of you have not seen Bloc Party live. Kele is very talented and a great live performer. Whether his solo effort will be good or not remains to be seen, but it certainly has potential. Silent Alarm anyone?

Posted by marshall | April 14, 2010 11:27 PM

nice original album title there buddy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2010 11:31 PM

bloc party were pretty tight live...

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 12:12 AM

Atoms for peace all over again

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 12:33 AM

You people are so negative and shitty. I bet any good and intelligent people rather not post here after your fucktards. You guys are like some gov't negativity program -- and you are likely just morons with no training but you still cause disharmony.

Screw you guys -- eat shit.

song from bloc party I just thought of " so here we are" that's a good song.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 1:31 AM

You guys are like some gov't negativity program -- and you are likely just morons with no training but you still cause disharmony.

Screw you guys -- eat shit.

song from bloc party I just thought of " so here we are" that's a good song
Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 1:31 AM


Thanks to you my sir. Its just some of us are working class and cant live off the backs of a record deal to go dancing around to the next cool city.

Darn negativity programs. Geez I know.
Well time to get back to the training.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 2:22 AM

You people are so negative and shitty. I bet any good and intelligent people rather not post here after your fucktards. You guys are like some gov't negativity program -- and you are likely just morons with no training but you still cause disharmony.

Screw you guys -- eat shit.

song from bloc party I just thought of " so here we are" that's a good song.
^^
I agree. there are a lot of you on these boards that talk so much shit and pretend to like nothing. your all so lucky to consistently see great music and seems to get wasted on some of you people. that's why the crowds suck at most of these shows b/c YOU SUCK! f*cking cynics...

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2010 5:55 PM

Anon 9:54 AM

Yeah. God forbid someone actually visit a place, experience it and challenge their preconceived notions about it, change their opinion about it and come out with the realization that it's a great place and they'd love to live there. We should just lop off their heads immediately.

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You're missing the point entirely.
The fact that he talked shit without knowing exactly what he was talking about is what the person you responded to is against. It's shameless hypocrisy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 19, 2010 2:06 PM

I think it was established like four years ago that he was done with the silent alarm sound. into it. over it.

Posted by dwayne | July 17, 2010 11:43 AM

maybe he could get himself to open for PIL...

Posted by Macvbk | January 8, 2013 3:37 PM

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