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Bloc Party are an English post-punk/intelli-indie band; also they describe their music as: "emotional, honourable, tortured boy rock". They were previously known as Superheroes of BMX, The Angel Range, Diet, and Union before settling on Bloc Party in September 2003. The name is a play on 'block party', a name for an informal neighbourhood festival, which might hire a local band as entertainment, and 'bloc', the usual name for a supranational political grouping - although the band has said publicly that this is not the case and the absence of a 'k' is purely for aesthetics.
However, the band's bassist, Gordon Moakes, said on the group's official internet forum that it was more a merging of the eastern "blocs" and the western "parties", in the political sense. Moakes notes that the name was not driven by politics, but rather it "looked, sounded, seemed fine so we [the band] went with it."
Kele Okereke - Vocals, guitar
Gordon Moakes - Bass, backing vocals, glockenspiel
Russell Lissack - Guitar
Matt Tong - Drums, backing vocals