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Bloc Party deliver riotous warehouse performance in dizzying new ‘Traps’ video

The song appears on the group's forthcoming sixth album, ‘Alpha Games’

By Tom Skinner

Black and white press photo of Bloc Party, standing in front of a white background.
Their new single is taken from their upcoming album, ‘Alpha Games’. Credit: Press/ Wunmi Onibudo

Bloc Party have shared the official video for their latest single ‘Traps’ – see below.

The track will appear on the band’s sixth studio album ‘Alpha Games’, which is the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Hymns’, and is set for release on April 29, 2022.

Matching the urgent, guitar-heavy sound of ‘Traps’, its accompanying new visuals find Bloc Party delivering a riotous performance in a warehouse that’s packed to the rafters with fans.

Strobes flash through rapid close-up shots of the group as they play in front of a red-and-white light display. Later, Russell Lissack shreds on his guitar in the front seat of a car while chaos unfolds outside.

The ‘Traps’ video was directed by Alexander Brown (James Blake, La Roux) and produced by Ellis Fox (Rudimental). Watch below:

Speaking about the single previously, Kele Okereke explained: “From the moment we wrote ‘Traps’ we knew it had to be the first thing people heard from this album; playing it in soundchecks on our last tour before it was finished and hearing how it sounded in those big rooms and outdoors.”

Bloc Party are set to showcase ‘Alpha Games’ on a UK and European tour in May and June 2022. You can find ticket details here and see the full schedule below.

MAY 2022
10 – La Salle Pleyel, Paris, France

11 – L’Aéronef, Lille, France
12 – Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
14 – Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
15 – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
16 – E-Werk, Cologne, Germany
17 – TivoliVredenburg Ronda, Utrecht, Netherlands
26 – O2 Academy 1, Birmingham, UK
27 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
28 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
30 – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
31 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, UK

JUNE 2022
2 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle, UK
3 – The Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK

4 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

‘Alpha Games’ was teased by Okereke in January 2020 after he announced the rescheduling of a tour in support of his 2019 solo album, ‘2042’ . The singer released its follow-up, ‘The Waves Pt. 1’, in May this year.