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- Posted on Jun 4th 2010 7:55AM by Chris Mugan
The Bloc Party frontman told the BBC that straight after the group had played the Reading and Leeds festivals -- just before headliners Radiohead -- he was able to start recording 'The Boxer.'
"I'd written all the music by then," he said. "Immediately after Reading I flew to New York to finish the record -- but we didn't let on. Throughout 2009 I was amassing songs and working. By that point I'd almost finished the project -- but we kept it secret. We didn't tell anyone. Well, I didn't tell anyone."
It was only in November of that year, as reported in Spinner, that rumours leaked out Okereke had solo plans, after Bloc Party announced they were taking a break after the end of their Bloctober autumn tour.
Okereke admitted his album's title was an admission that he enjoyed going alone, saying, "I'm not a team player. I don't think I am a team player to be honest. I know what it is I want."
He did, though, promise Bloc Party would return. "When we get back together -- I don't know when we're going to get back together -- I'm sure we'll have a lot to tell each other when we do," he said.