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Bloc Party are a British indie rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as The Cure,[1] Mogwai,[1] Siouxsie and the Banshees[2] and in their more recent work Radiohead.[3]
In February 2005, the band released their debut album Silent Alarm. It was critically acclaimed and was named 'Indie Album of the Year' at the 2006 PLUG Awards and NME Album of the year which both honour indie music.[4] That year, the record was also certified platinum in Britain. The band built on this success in 2007 with the release of their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, which reached a peak of number two in the UK Albums Chart and number twelve in the Billboard 200. In August 2008, Bloc Party released their third studio record, Intimacy. The band went on a hiatus in October 2009 to focus on side projects, and reunited in September 2011, releasing their fourth album, Four, in 2012. As of May 2012, Bloc Party have sold two million albums worldwide.[5]
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  1. What is the first single of their new album called?
     
    • "Octopus"
       
    • "Shark-Attack"
       
     
  2. What is the interviewer's name?
     
    • Stephanie
       
    • Melanie
       
     
  3. How does the band write and record songs?
     
    • They sat together in a room and jammed.
       
    • They don't write their own songs, they have a producer who organises these things for them.
       
     
  4. What was Bloc Party's debut album called?
     
    • Silent Noises
       
    • Silent Alarm
       
     
 
 
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Pop
derived from Rock'n'Roll; short-to-medium lenght songs; verse-chorus-structure; melodic tunes
Blues
originated in African-American communities from spirituals and work songs; important instrument: bass; celebrating melancholy and sadness
Hip Hop
originated in African-American communities; includes dancing, graffiti, DJing and rap; very rhythmic
Electronic Music
played by DJs in nightclubs; works with electronic instruments and sythesizers; dance-music
Country
uses banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonicas, fiddles; originated in the Southern US; "cowboy-music"
Rock
centered around electric guitar; derived from Rock'n'Roll; often associated with political activism; verse-chorus-structure; stress on live-performances
 
 
 

Word List: music genres

    • Electronic Music(noun)
    • Definition:
      • played by DJs in nightclubs; works with electronic instruments and sythesizers; dance-music
    • Country(noun)
    • Definition:
      • uses banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonicas, fiddles; originated in the Southern US; "cowboy-music"
    • Blues(noun)
    • Definition:
      • originated in African-American communities from spirituals and work songs; important instrument: bass; celebrating melancholy and sadness
    • Hip Hop(noun)
    • Definition:
      • originated in African-American communities; includes dancing, graffiti, DJing and rap; very rhythmic
    • Rock(noun)
    • Definition:
      • centered around electric guitar; derived from Rock'n'Roll; often associated with political activism; verse-chorus-structure; stress on live-performances
    • Pop(noun)
    • Definition:
      • derived from Rock'n'Roll; short-to-medium lenght songs; verse-chorus-structure; melodic tunes
 
 

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