Shock! Kele not kicked out of Bloc Party

Remember that story about how a distraught Kele had gone running to tell NME that he’d been kicked out of Bloc Party? And how it looks like a beat up? Well guess what – it was!

The story has now been outed as a joke, but yesterday NME ran another story about the ‘news’ under the sensationalist headline “Bloc Party confirm they will be auditioning new singers” claiming that lead guitarist Russell Lissack told them that “It’s not really a secret [that Kele has been kicked out of the band] because Kele’s been pretty busy doing solo stuff and it looks like he’s going to be doing that a bit longer.”

Lissack also joked that “The other three of us wanted to meet up and make music. We were talking about just doing an instrumental thing, but now we might get a singer as well, to properly put some music out and play some shows.” Interesting that “might get a singer” quickly became “confirm they will be auditioning new singers”, huh?

Anyway, the band has now decided that the joke has gone on long enough and revealed that it was all part of a prank. The band’s official site and Kele’s site now both declare that “Bloc Party is still Bloc Party” with a Simpson-ised picture of the whole band. Phew!