Bloc Party Regret Signing With Vice
BLOC PARTY frontman KELE OKEREKE regrets signing to US record label Vice - claiming the company cares more about consumption and profit than art.
Okereke claims the Vice brand name - which includes a music magazine and a film and TV company - represents everything he hates about the commercial side of music and wishes he had voiced his concerns before the band became attached to the label in 2004.
He says, "That's one of the things that I most regret about our history. I wish I'd voiced my concerns at the time, articulated them more clearly.
"The people that we work with are lovely, and they're a separate company from the magazine, but Vice the brand just fills me with... dread, really. It's a real kind of nasty vortex, where any decency and general compassion to other people has just been completely obliterated.
"I don't know if the magazine are still like that, but it certainly was very much so back then."