Bloc Party today debut their stunning new song “Virtue,” the latest to be lifted from their eagerly anticipated new album HYMNS, due for release on January 29th via Infectious Music / BMG / Vagrant Records in standard CD and digital formats, as well as deluxe CD, deluxe digital and limited edition double vinyl formats featuring four extra songs. “Virtue,” like the album’s first singles, “The Love Within” and “The Good News,” is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album; they are also available to stream and download now. Pre-order links for HYMNS can be found below.
LISTEN TO “VIRTUE”:
HYMNS is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours, awards, and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began. As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whom Kele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in a freer, less constricted Bloc Party.
The four piece have also been announced to play this year’s Governers Ball in New York in June as well as headlining the NME Awards Tour 2016. Full tour listing can be found below.
BLOC PARTY TOUR LISTING
January 26 London, UK @ PIAS Nites
January 27 London, UK @ MTV Brand News
January 29 Cardiff, UK @ Great Hall*
January 30 Southhampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall
January 31 Kingston Upon Thames, UK @ The Hippodrome (Banquet Records)
February 1 Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy*
February 2 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City*
February 4 Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy*
February 5 Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland*
February 6 Manchester, UK @ Academy*
February 8 Keeds, UK @ O2 Academy*
February 9 Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange*
February 11 Brixton, UK @ O2 Academy*
February 12 Birmingham, UK @ O1 Academy*
June 6 – 9 New York, NY @ Governors Ball Festival
*NME Awards Tour 2016 headline shows