Magazine article Guitar Player

Bloc Party

Magazine article Guitar Player

Bloc Party

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"When we were growing up, bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead appealed to us because there was never anything standard in the guitar playing," says Bloc Party's Russell Lissack. "There were always different noises and a general sense of experimentation in their music--never just one guitarist strumming a simple rhythm and another playing lead. We've never found that interesting."

What Lissack and his partner in crime, guitarist/vocalist Kele Okereke, do find interesting are effects. On the U.K. quartet's full-length debut, Silent Alarm [Vice], the two propel Bloc Party's sound with a bevy of Boss stompboxes that adds spice to the band's swaggering sound--a sound that has more in common with the Buzzcocks, English Beat, and the Specials, than the band with which they're most often linked, Franz Ferdinand.

"I don't want to talk about the specific pedals I use," explains Okereke. …

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