When he stopped by Triple J studios just last week Kele Okereke revealed that Bloc Party were back together, recording music and would be releasing their fifth LP, however there were some details about the band he left out.
The four-piece has actually undergone major surgery, with the shock announcement that original bassist Gordon Moakes confirming via Twitter that he has parted ways with the band, as FasterLouder reports.
Update for fans: I’m not involved in the latest incarnation of Bloc Party. I’m now focussing on Young Legionnaire. Gordy #rhythmsection4hire
— Young Legionnaire (@YNGLegionnaire) March 20, 2015
The departure of Moakes marks the second original member of Bloc Party to leave the band, with drummer and crowd favourite Matt Tong having already said his goodbyes to the indie rock group after the release of their fourth studio LP Four in 2012.
It’s rather interesting considering Okereke spoke proudly of what the band have in store for their forthcoming release, noting that the fresh material was “sounding like nothing that we’ve done before” going on to say “so far there’s nothing that I can compare it to really in terms of other musicians, whereas in the past I always could – we were always trying to reference something else” – whether these comments have anything to do with potential new band members remains to be seen.
The last time the original four members released music together was on the 2013 EP The Nextwave Sessions, Okereke previewed a potential new song from Bloc Party’s upcoming record, the chilling ‘Exes’.
Click here to give the full Triple J interview with Kele Okereke a listen.