Published May 31, 2012UK dance-infused indie rockers Bloc Party have announced that they will be releasing a new LP titled Four on August 21.
Appropriately titled, Four marks the band's fourth album and the first from them in four years. It will mark the follow-up to 2008's Intimacy. As previously reported, the band recently signed to New York-based label Frenchkiss Records, who will be issuing the new material in the U.S. However, in Canada, the record will come via Arts & Crafts.
The forthcoming effort was produced by Alex Newport (the Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) and was recorded and mixed in New York City.
The announcement comes as a relief to fans, following a brief period of uncertainty regarding Bloc Party's future last fall. Reports of frontman Kele Okereke being booted from the band may have worried some, but with the confusion settled and a new LP set to go, that all seems like a distant memory now.
In a blog post about the new album and the band drama, Okereke stated: "We have just finished mixing our new record. I am very proud of it. It is the best thing that we have ever done and finishing this record has taken us on quite a journey. There have been babies, breakdowns, tantrums and hospitalisations but its finally here. We started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. We didn't want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together."
The band are scheduled to appear at Montreal's Osheaga Festival on August 5, with more North American tour dates to follow.
The album artwork is pictured above, and you can watch a teaser trailer for Four below.
UPDATE: You can see all Bloc Party's currently scheduled dates below, though few are in North America.
6/19 Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
6/20 Manchester, England - The Ritz
6/21 London, England - Koko
6/24 Tokyo, Japan - Ebisu Garden Hall
6/29 Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
7/4 Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Opener Festival
7/5 Sesimbra, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
7/6 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
7/8 Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
7/12 Bilbao, Spain - BBK Live
7/13 Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
7/20 Charrues, France - Festival Les Vieilles
7/21 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Fest
7/28 Byron Bay, Australia, Splendour in the Grass
7/30 Honolulu, HI - The Republik
8/3 Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival
8/4 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
8/5 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
8/7 New York, NY - Terminal 5
8/8 New York, NY - Terminal 5
8/9 New York, NY - Terminal 5
8/11 Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at the Cosmopolitan
8/12 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
8/16 St. Polten, Austria - Frequency
8/17 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands
8/18 St. Polten, Austria - Frequency
8/24 Saint-Cloud, France - Rock en Seine
8/25 Zurich, Switzerland - Open Air Festival
9/4 Mallorca, Spain - Mallorca Rocks
9/5 Ibiza, Spain - Ibiza Rocks
11/3 Nantes, France - Le Stereolux
11/4 Lyon, France - Le Transbordeur
11/5 Bordeaux, France - Le Rocher de Palmer
11/7 Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
11/8 Milan, Italy - Acatrax
11/11 Hamburg, Germany - Docks
11/12 Stuttgart, Germany - Theatrehause
11/13 Dresden, Germany - Eventwerk
11/14 Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
11/18 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11/19 Stockholm, Sweden - Munich Brewery
11/20 Oslo, Norway - Rockafeller