Bloc Party's recent techno-odyssey, 'Flux', has been nominated for three awards in this year's Shockwaves NME Awards..."Best Track", "Best Video", and "Best Dancefloor Filler". Show your support by voting here!
Drowned in Sound have managed to grab an interview with both halves of Pin Me Down...read on or go here for the full article. Also, expect to see Russell donning a pair of headphones at Gatecrasher's Summer Sound System over the May Bank Holiday Weekend...it's just been confirmed that Bloc Party will be performing a DJ set there.
DiS: Why embark upon this new project now? And why has it taken a while for you to release anything?
Russell: We've actually been working on this since the time we first met, which I think was the very end of 2004. It’s just that I’ve been so busy with Bloc Party and we could only swap ideas over the internet, which has its limits. After a few years of writing and demo-ing, I finally found a two-week gap to go into a studio and record my parts of an album.
Milena: I think it took us a while to really focus and hone in on what we were doing. We wanted to make pop music that was challenging, that has big hooks, but that actually makes you think. I'd say half the songs we recorded are from our early sessions, but the other half are relatively new. I think we got better as time went on because we got used to writing and playing for the other person.
DiS: Are there any live or touring plans? I assume Russell is still a busy boy with Bloc Party in 2008?
Milena: Yes, Russell is a busy boy with Bloc Party, but we are planning live shows and touring in the near future. We will probably start in the UK and Europe. I can't really say much about the live show other than that you should expect sequins, roman warrior hats, Fender guitars used as weapons, and many cute faces on stage to ogle and Google.
DiS: We sense that Pin Me Down is evidence of your love of early 90's pop and dance rearing its head. True or false?
Russell: Yeah, I guess that’s true to a degree, for both of us. Definitely a love of pop melodies anyway, and of 80's/90's production.
DiS: One more - is there a release plan, record label in place, etc?
Milena: Well our first single 'Cryptic' is coming out in Europe/UK this spring on the Kitsuné label. It will have a bunch of remixes on it too. We can't wait to hear it thumping in a club. We're putting the final touches on the record, so we're just starting to talk to labels about releasing it. We'll keep you posted.
'Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles'...out tomorrow
'Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles', a mix album put together by Steve Aoki (founder of Bloc Party's first US record label, Dim Mak), is out tomorrow in the States on Thrive Records. It features the 'Weird Science Remix' of 'Helicopter' (feat. Peaches) amongst other tracks by the likes of Justice, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Klaxons,and lots more. Click here to buy the CD or listen to samples.
In other Bloc news...well, there isn't really any at the moment! Suffice to say, the guys are currently holed up somewhere on Planet Earth, discussing what album #3 is going to sound like.
In the meantime, 'Flux' is still in the UK singles charts (hanging on at #40 in its tenth week), Pin Me Down's Milena continues to post highly entertaining bulletins on the PMD blog (look out for a 'Cryptic' single release sometime in March!), and Russell judges a vegetarian T-shirt competition for PETA (only herbivorous garments allowed to enter?). Rest assured, BlocParty.net will bring you third album news as and when it happens!
First off, Happy New Year to all BlocParty.net readers! Here's track #10 in the long-running Bloc Party fan covers collection (BLAG PARTY) and the first cover of any 'AWITC'-era tracks. It's a slow-burning, piano-led rendition of 'I Still Remember' performed by 20-year-old film student Ethan Waters from Auckland, New Zealand.
The previous nine tracks can be downloaded here and if you've recorded a cover of any Bloc Party songs (that includes b-sides, solo or with a band), please send them this way to get them featured on the site!