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Bloc Party: We Did Not Fire Our Singer

British band say they wanted to record music while frontman focuses on solo project

September 29, 2011 9:15 AM ET
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Kele Okereke of Bloc Party performs during the Coachella Festival.
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The members of Bloc Party are insisting that they have not fired frontman Kele Okereke, despite recently heading into the studio without the singer. "Kele's been pretty busy doing solo stuff and it looks like he's going to be doing that a bit longer," guitarist Russell Lissack told the NME. "The other three of us wanted to meet up and make music. We were talking about just doing an instrumental thing, but now we might get a singer as well, to properly put some music out and play some shows."

Photos: Bloc Party at Siren Festival 2010
The band further clarified that they have not changed their lineup in a post to their website, which depicted the four members of the group as cartoon characters with the caption "See you soon." Okereke, who had speculated that he had been quietly fired from the band in a recent interview with the NME, responded with a post on his blog in which he wrote, "A big part of me is laughing HARD at all of this but another part of me is all like WTF?"

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