Bloc Party announce new album, Alpha Games, premiere angular, hard-hitting lead single, Traps

Kele Okereke (left) and Louise Bartle of Bloc Party perform at the Zitadelle Spandau on June 21, 2019 in Berlin, Germany
(Image credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns)

It's been quite awhile since we last heard from Bloc Party. Though the band toured the world in 2018 and 2019 – playing their still remarkable debut album, Silent Alarm, in its entirety – you have to look all the way back to 2016 for their last album of new material, Hymns.

Now, the Londoners are back with the announcement of a new album, Alpha Games, from which they've also premiered a new single, Traps.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.