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Bloc Party play last minute gig at Birthdays
TAYLOR: Talk to me about “3x3.” It sounds a bit, if I had to describe it, “gothic.” I’ve never heard you sing that way before!
OKEREKE: “3x3” is probably the most intense song I have ever sung. It’s interesting you say gothic - to me, the song is a spell, or more correctly, an incantation. The song is really about black magic and making a pact with someone. Continually making records is only really interesting if you are forced to challenge yourself - challenge notions of what you are supposed [to be] about. I see this record as being a reaction to the past, but I see every record that we had made as being a reaction to our previous records. I’m excited about where Bloc Party go from here. If we make a fifth record, I can guarantee it will be nothing like Four.
TAYLOR: I noticed that the song “V.A.L.I.S.” is a reference to the Phillip K. Dick book of the same name, and you had mentioned the book previously on your Twitter account. What led you to write a song about it?
OKEREKE: I had started writing a song about a conversation I was having with a future version of myself—it was originally called “The Other Me,” and then I started to read VALIS after having read The Man in the High Castle. I loved VALIS immediately. I loved the unreliable nature of the narrative. When the main character got a message from himself, from the future, the whole thing suddenly struck me as being incredibly resonant. So, I thought I should really try and pay some sort of homage to the book. Philip K. Dick was a visionary, prophetic writer.