Bloc Party to Release Remix of Debut Album

Posted on July 21, 2005 by

The boys in Bloc Party are getting busy.

Days after receiving a Mercury Prize nomination for their debut album, the British rock band has announced they will release “Silent Alarm Remixed” on Sept. 13. The dance-rock-friendly version of their Vice debut will include B-sides, rare tracks and a second disc’s worth of remixes.

A slew of indie acts have reworked material from the original album, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Mogwai, Ladytron, M83, Pretty Girls Make Graves’ Jason Clark and Canada?s own Death From Above 1979.

?It?s really tough,? Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong said of DFA79?s version of ?Luno,? according to MTV.

?It?s a really aggressive take on our music. It makes me want to punch people.?

Initial pressings of ?Remixed? will include a limited-edition bonus disc with three B-sides previously unavailable in the U.S. (?Storm and Stress,? ?Always New Depths? and ?Skeletons?) and acoustic versions of ?Plans? and ?Storm and Stress.?

?Silent Alarm? debuted in April at No. 3 on Billboard?s Heatseekers chart and has sold 123,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielson SoundScan. The single ?Banquet? reached No. 34 on Billboard?s Modern Rock chart.

The Mercury Prize jury described the album from the London-based band as ?edgy, exciting and assertive ? compelling rock songs performed with swagger.?

The band is also preparing their follow-up album to ?Silent Alarm.?

“We’ve written about 20 songs, and we’ll have more by the end of the year,? vocalist Kele Okereke told MTV. ?And we’re going to start next year off by recording a new album.

?We really can’t wait.”

In more Bloc Party news, the band will kick off their three-week North American tour on Sept. 8 in Boston.

They have already played live extensively this year, recently completing a four-month spring/summer U.S. tour. After the upcoming North American tour in the fall, they have a host of European shows planned all the way into December.

Here are Bloc Party’s North American tour dates:

Sept. 8: Boston, MA (Avalon Ballroom)
Sept. 9: New York, NY (Roseland Ballroom)
Sept. 10: Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
Sept. 12: Toronto, ON (Docks)
Sept. 13: Detroit, MI (Royal Oak Theatre)
Sept. 15: Chicago, IL (Congress Theatre)
Sept. 16: Denver, CO (Fillmore Auditorium)
Sept. 20: Los Angeles, CA (The Palladium)
Sept. 21-22: San Francisco, CA (Warfield Theatre)
Sept. 24: Austin, TX (City Limits Festival)
Sept. 26: Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle)

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