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Bloc Party showcase new material
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Bloc Party are to rush-release their comeback single next month.

Mercury is released on 11 August and singer/guitarist Kele Okereke says he couldn't wait for people to hear the new track, played for the first time on Zane Lowe's show on Monday night.

He said: "It's something that we finished a little while ago and we're all really excited about in the Bloc Party camp.

"So we thought, 'Why wait?' We should give everyone the chance to hear it."

The track's a departure from most of the band's past material with lots of different drum beats and not so much guitar.

But Kele says it's not that much of a change.

"I think that people might have seen it coming with songs such as Flux and The Prayer," he said.

"We're a band that like to try to do things that we haven't done before. We don't always get it right but at least there's a joy in trying."

More new material

Speaking about recording the band's third album, Kele revealed they were right in the middle of it.

He said: "We're still writing and working on it so it's quite hard to have an overview really.

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The band got their break after Steve Lamacq played their track
"We are making the record I always wanted us to make so we just can't wait for it to be done."

The unveiling of Bloc Party's new track was kept a secret yesterday.

There was a countdown on the band's website until 11am on Monday when it was announced there would be some sort of activity on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show.

Kele Okereke said he wanted everyone to hear it at the same time.

"We were excited about getting the track out there and creating an impact," he said.

"One of the important things for us was that everyone gets a chance to hear the song at the same time."

Album anticipation

Kele told Newsbeat he misses the anticipation that used to surround album and single releases.

He said: "I remember being a kid and being really excited when Oasis' Be Here Now came out or something and everyone having it all at once.

"I remember that and that's a shame in this day and age that that sense of anticipation seems to be lost somewhat."

It wasn't an easy interview for Kele. He suffered a mishap halfway through talking to Newsbeat.

Kele explained: "One of my fillings just fell out about 10 minutes ago.

"So I'm mildly in a state of shock, so I'm probably not being that coherent."

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