Bloc Party have shared their new single “The Girls Are Fighting,” the second track from their forthcoming sixth studio album, Alpha Games, due Friday April 29th via Infectious / BMG. Alpha Games is the band’s first studio album since 2016’s Hymns. The song’s release is accompanied with an official video directed by Cameron Ward and produced by Luke Filz.
Following last November’s raucous “Traps,” “The Girls Are Fighting” continues the band’s return to their classic sound – this time as front man Kele Okereke narrates a night out gone sour: “The bouncer’s made a movie, upload it to Worldstar … There’s blood on the dancefloor, extensions on the bar.”
Kele says of the track, “There was no specific incident that inspired this song – it was more a composite of lots of things I’ve seen over the years when being in clubs and seeing violence erupt with feuding love rivals. I’ve always had a slight obsession with those sorts of moments; like a fuse being lit, when actions turn from words into violence. You can learn a lot about who people really are in those moments. I think ‘The Girls Are Fighting’ is kind of self-explanatory – someone’s been selling dreams to someone they shouldn’t have and it’s caught up with them. I just wanted to capture that moment of going from naught to ten in an evening, in a sweaty nightclub. I’m really pleased with the arrangement for this track because it has this 1970s glam rock feel meets Adam Ant feel. I love what Louise is doing on the tom toms.”
The new single arrives accompanied by a high energy video featuring the band, taking place in the legendary Repton Boxing Club, an old Victorian Bath House in East London’s Bethnal Green turned boxing club, where the Kray twins famously trained.