Latest News – September 26th 2022 – Western bloc are to feature on an album of covers to be released by Corsair Records in the United Kingdom. A cover of Rescue (from Echo & the Bunnymen’s 1980 classic, Crocodiles) and Keep on Keeping on (from the sole Redskins album from 1986), no release date is available as yet. Meanwhile the fifth album is nearing completion and should see the light of day in early 2023.
June 14th 2022 – Huge thanks to CJSW who has sent Solitude for the Masses to 55 Campus Radio stations across Canada!
Thanks to Divide and Conquer
NEW ALBUM COMING SOON – January 27th 2022
Solitude for the Masses is the title of the fourth album by Western Bloc, tipped for a late March/early April 2022, a single will be released as a taster for this very different sounding album. It will be released on The House Ablaze records and will be available on all digital platforms worldwide. Poverty and so many other factors prevent a physical release at this time.
NEW ALBUM NEWS……………NEW ALBUM NEWS…………..NEW ALBUM NEWS…….. January 14th 2022
The fourth album by Western Bloc is complete, currently being mastered in the United Kingdom. A release date will be announced soon. The album is a big departure from the previous album and we are very excited to share a first listen. The as yet untitled fourth LP has 10 tracks and was recorded in Calgary, Alberta in September through to November and was mixed in December.
Another great review of the new album here (from Divide and Conquer)
Monkey Christ to be released on August 31st 2021 – News June 26th 2021
The 2nd album of 2021, the third from Western Bloc will be released on August 31st 2021. Monkey Christ will consist of 9 new tracks, including the 9 minute 20 seconds title track, a dark, claustrophobic, epic song about existence and death. The album takes its influences from the avant garde, Can, This Heat, with experimentation at the forefront. It will be released by The House Ablaze Records on all digital platforms for streaming or purchase. This is the follow up to La Peste, released in January 2021, also recorded during the pandemic.
New Album- Monkey Christ – Coming Soon
Crossing Oceans video released – January 1st 2021
New video posted for the track Crossing Oceans, check it out by clicking on the videos tab in the menu
Coming January 15th 2021 – The new album from Western Bloc – La Peste
11 months after the release of the debut album comes La Peste, a dark, sometimes experimental, guitar driven journey, though Socialist uprising, suicide, anti-fascism, loss, excoriation of Empire, racism, greed, and occasionally a dip into weirdness.
First Listen to a Track from the New Album – November 20th 2020
New Album News – November 1st 2020
Coming soon – The 2nd album by Western Bloc – La Peste, likely due in January 2021, this is the follow up to 2020s Dead Doves & Rotting Olive Branches. Written and recorded during lockdown, between March & June, mixed in September & October, and currently being mastered in the UK. A more experimental approach this time, 10 new tracks, first listen coming soon
New Album News – October 6th 2020
The second album is complete, it was written and recorded between mid March through to June 2020, was mixed in August and September and will be mastered shortly. An array of influences helped shape its formation, The Fall, This Heat, Can, Camberwell Now, Brian Eno, and a desire to be a bit more experimental. A particular influence was the amazing guitar work of Charles Bullen (This Heat, Lifetones), a huge incentive to work with different song structures and sounds.
The as yet untitled album should be released in early 2021.
Very grateful for this review from Divide and Conquer, a true champion of independent music.
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Another track from the forthcoming album Dead Doves & Rotting Olive Branches.
Debut Album – Dead Doves & Rotting Olive Branches will be released February 18th 2020
Debut single – Video available now
Available on iTunes, Spotify, & all digital platforms on January 14th 2020
DEBUT ALBUM COMING IN 2020
Dead Doves & Rotting Olive Branches is the title of the debut album by Western Bloc. The Album was recorded at various points in 2019, mixed in November, and mastered in December. The first track to be lifted from the album will be available in January 2020 along with a video. The album is set for release in February or March of 2020. The album will be released on all major digital platforms via The House Ablaze Records.
The sleeve to the new album is pictured below, a design by ILK Productions based on the work of the graphic artist Peter Dixon.
The title of the album is derived from the current era we are living in, where Peace is becoming a tarnished and abstract concept. The far right are thriving throughout Europe, emboldened by Trump, the American Republican Party and it’s associations with white nationalism and the KKK, and the election of the deleterious Conservative Party in the UK, so far to the right that Neo-Nazis like Britain First and the EDL are joining the Conservative party.
It feels like a recrudescence of Fascism is creeping up on us.
This album has songs that address the pain, malaise and horror of the cold, heartless, corporate, capitalist hell we have to exist in. Am I not young, rich, or perfect, but I have a voice, and I know I’m not alone. Music is in the dire, artless, corporate cesspit that it was in prior to Punk, New Wave and the rise of Hip Hop, maybe it’s because the “industry” is dead, maybe money is the only God left, maybe I’m just too old, this is my art.