Friday, October 16, 2009

Bloc Party calls it quits

Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong told the BBC today the band is going on hiatus for an indefinite period of time.

"We definitely need to have a break and gain a bit of perspective on life outside of the band," Tong said on the BBC's Subculture show. "Hopefully if we do reconvene at some point in the future we'll be refreshed and have so many ideas to bring to what it is we do."

Tong added that he "wouldn't mind trying something else for a while," a statement that hints at his desire to get out of the music business. He said the other members of Bloc Party would most likely continue to produce music.

The news comes in the middle of the band's tour of the UK. Bloc Party was scheduled to perform tonight, but guitarist Russell Lissack had to undergo a "medical procedure" and the show was canceled. No word on whether the band's breakup is related to the cancellation.

- Story via the BBC.

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