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Bloc Party tests its mettle

A successful second album proves a band is not a one-hit wonder and this year's star group is embarking on its make-or-break mission

AFP , PARIS

Staying power

"You realize when you start having a career in the music industry that you have to answer to a lot of people, a lot of people who aren't creative people but whose palms you have to stroke to get anywhere," he says.

A second album is always a crucial test for a band. And with record labels scouring the British music scene and launching new skinny-boys-with-guitar groups each week, there is a danger that the rock revival will blow itself out.

Kele is aware of how the winds of change threaten the music scene, but thinks the band has enough interesting new material to stay relevant.

"We have at least 25 ideas that we're thinking about. I'm not going to say yet whether I think we have the album."

"But I think we've got some really good songs," he says.

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