Today, Bloc Party have announced details of their forthcoming sixth studio album Alpha Games, due April 29 2022 via Infectious / BMG. Alpha Games is the band’s first studio album since 2016’s Hymns.
Alongside the album announcement, Bloc Party have shared new single ‘Traps’ as the first taste of the upcoming record and revealed plans for an extensive UK and European tour.
Produced by Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, IDLES), ‘Traps’ sees the band returning to the raucous, high-octane sound of their earliest work in an outburst of propulsive post-punk.
Speaking of the new single, Bloc Party singer, songwriter and guitarist Kele Okereke says: “From the moment we wrote ‘Traps’, we knew it had to be the first thing people heard from this album; playing it in soundchecks on our last tour before it was finished and hearing how it sounded in those big rooms and outdoors.”
To celebrate the release of Alpha Games, Bloc Party will be touring the UK and Europe in May and June 2022, including a homecoming show at London’s Alexandra Palace. It will be their first tour since their huge 2019 shows, where they performed their seminal debut album Silent Alarm in full across the UK, Europe and North America.
Tickets for the tour are available to pre-sale customers at 9am on 1 December, before going on general sale at 9am on 3 December.