Gay Bloc Party vocalist draws inspiration from Nirvana

Indie band member Kele Okereke reveals new album inspiration

Gay Bloc Party vocalist draws inspiration from Nirvana
24 August 2012

Gay lead vocalist Kele Okereke of indie band Bloc Party has revealed that Nirvana were instrumental in the reforming of the band after much speculation they had split.

In an interview with The Sun, Okereke said: ‘Nirvana’s Bleach was kind of influential in me starting to think about making a record.’

The band’s fourth studio album, Four, went on sale on 20 August and is set to chart this weekend.

The band were propelled to fame after giving a copy of their demo to Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand front-man Alex Kapranos.

‘I’m not really a big Nirvana fan at all,’ added Okereke. ‘But I found myself putting on Bleach every other day and it started to seep into what I wanted our album to sound like.

‘I don’t think sonically it influenced us but it was about the approach.’

Okereke came out in an interview with Dutch magazine Butt in 2010, and shortly after appeared on the front cover of attitude, despite being notoriously reluctant to discuss his personal life in interviews.

Doubt was cast over the future of the band in 2009 after they reached the end of their recording contract and each went on to work on their own solo projects.

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