In their hiatus since 2009, the members of Bloc Party have kept themselves busy with myriad solo projects. Now they’ve announced a reunion to pen a new album, with a projected release date this year.
Last.fm Trends is looking into the scrobbles of both the band and its side projects, to see how their return might be welcomed.
Bloc Party have gained 78,289,309 plays from 1,902,251 listeners since 2004 and their debut Silent Alarm, and it’s these tracks that still comprise their six-month top five.
“Mercury” from last album Intimacy arrives at #17 on their chart, well below earlier material.
Whilst their experimentalism increased from album to album, the popular shout of “please please please please get back together please” indicates hope that their return will bring more future classics.
By contrast, Kele Okereke’s solo material doesn’t have the staying power of those tracks: a downward Recent Listening Trend suggests that fans are looking for something new.
The listeners of band member Russell Lissack’s project Pin Me Down almost reach Kele’s, with 83,940 compared to his 85,889, but Kele’s listeners have played his music many more times; for him it’s well above the million mark compared to only 330,013 for Pin Me Down.
Meanwhile Gordon Moakes’ Young Legionnaire haven’t yet released a debut album, and have a correspondingly small 9,720 plays from 859 listeners.
It appears that the musicians work better as a whole, but we’ll need to keep an eye on Bloc Party’s page to see if reunion excitement causes an uptick in scrobbles. In the meantime, Last.fm Trends brings you the news in scrobbles every weekday.