Going a bit Tong?
"The future of Bloc Party has been called into question by drummer Matt Tong, who hinted that he is not certain of his continued role in the band. Tong said the group is planning a long break, and that he "wouldn't mind trying something else for a while".
The band are in the middle of a month-long UK tour, but "unfortunately that is going to be it for the time being", Tong told the BBC's Subculture show. "We definitely need to have a break and gain a bit of perspective on life outside of the band. Hopefully, if we do reconvene at some point we'll be refreshed with many new ideas."
Frontman Kele Okereke has also mentioned taking a break, telling an Australian interviewer: "We may take a year off, we may take three years off. We may never make a record again or we may head straight back in and do a record." But while Okereke's comments suggest a temporary break – recalling bassist Gordon Moakes's "baby hiatus" – Tong's doubts seem to go deeper.
"I definitely don't think this will be the last you'll hear of the people who make up Bloc Party," he said, suggesting that side-projects or perhaps a rearranged lineup are likely. "Kele is an insatiable workaholic so you'll definitely hear from him again along with [guitarist] Russell [Lissack] and Gordon," Tong said."
Let's hope it's just tour fatigue syndrome kicking in. Either way, it looks like Bloctober will be the last we hear from Bloc Party for a while. UK Bloctober attendees, make the most of these gigs.
Labels: Interviews, Random