For the very first time, Bloc Party have made their 2004 EP Little Thoughts available on digital streaming platforms. Originally shared as a physical only EP exclusive to Japan, the fan-favourite release features iconic Bloc Party tracks including ‘Tulips’, ‘Skeleton’, ‘Storm and Stress,’ none of which have been available on streaming services before.
In addition, the band have also announced two new Irish headline shows this summer, celebrating two decades of Bloc Party at Belfast’s The Telegraph Building on Thursday 4th July, and 3Arena on Friday 5th July.
The shows will be part of celebrations marking 20 years since the band released their first proper single, with the promise of seminal debut record Silent Alarm played in its entirety as well as more of their greatest hits.
The digital release of Little Thoughts is the first phase of releases that will see Bloc Party re-releasing a large selection of rare songs, deep cuts and fan favourites to streaming services, ensuring their complete catalogue is available to fans for the very first time.
Kele Okereke of Bloc Party says: “We've been having so much fun playing shows over the past year, so it makes sense to do something special for old and new fans, celebrating twenty years of Bloc Party. We heard from a lot of people that they couldn't get tickets for the Silent Alarm gigs, so a one-off summer party playing that and the bangers feels like the right thing to do.”
Firmly embedded in the rich tapestry of indie across the world, Bloc Party have recently wrapped up a co-headline tour with Interpol in Australia and supported Paramore, binding their status as global hitmakers. Moving from hooky post-punk to ambitious genre mashing, and back again, Bloc Party’s artistic restlessness has served them well since the early 2000s. Lead by impassioned frontman Kele Okereke, the band’s initial EPs played a pivotal role in shaping British indie rock for years to come. By the time they released their groundbreaking debut album Silent Alarm in 2005, their experimentation with electronic textures in their musical style cemented them as trailblazers. More albums, and innovation, followed with A Weekend in the City (2007), Intimacy (2008), Four (2011), Hymns (2016) and most recent record Alpha Games (2022).