Gordon Peter Moakes (born 22 June 1976) is an English musician, best
known as the bassist of rock band
Young Legionnaire and former member
of indie rock band Bloc Party.
Moakes became a member of
Bloc Party after responding to an
advertisement placed in the
NME music magazine by
Kele Okereke and
Russell Lissack, who were seeking a bassist. Although not originally a
bassist, Moakes was the only player the band auditioned who was able
to play the bassline for a song that Okereke and Lissack had
presented. In 2002, Moakes, Lissack, and Okereke formed the first
Bloc Party — then known as The Angel Range — and
played shows across London. Moakes also ran and updated the band's
website at the time.
Moakes shared co-writing credits with Okereke on some of the band's
earlier lyrics. In the early days of the band, he contributed lyrics
mostly to the band's more political songs, and he composed the song
"Diet". Moakes added new instruments to his repertoire on Bloc Party's
second and third albums,
A Weekend in the City
A Weekend in the City and Intimacy
respectively. He played drums on "Sunday", electronic drums on "Ares",
glockenspiel on "Waiting for the 7.18" and "SRXT" and a microKORG
synthesizer on "Flux". His voice can be heard in many of the band's
songs, often in contrast with Okereke's lead vocals.
Moakes remixed the band's song "Talons" from their album Intimacy. It
was featured as a part of the single download as well as appearing as
the B-side to its vinyl release.
In 2015, confirmed that he had left the band to focus on Young
Legionnaire. He was replaced by Justin Harris later in the year.
Moakes currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Moakes worked with yourcodenameis:milo on the track "Wait a Minute"
from the album Print Is Dead Vol 1. "Wait a Minute" was released on a
limited edition 7" single on 4 October 2006. Moakes designed the cover
In December 2009, Moakes,
Paul Mullen (vocalist and guitarist of The
Automatic) and William Bowerman (drummer of La Roux) worked in the
studio together on a new side project, with
Bloc Party on hiatus and
The Automatic and
La Roux inactive over the
Christmas break. In
January 2010, the group were revealed to be named Young Legionnaire
and were set to play their first show at the end of January in
^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Bloc Party". AMG. Retrieved 14 May
^ a b "
Bloc Party bassist
Gordon Moakes confirms he's left the band -
BBC Newsbeat". 23 March 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
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A Weekend in the City
Silent Alarm Remixed
The Nextwave Sessions
"She's Hearing Voices"
""So Here We Are"/"Positive Tension""
"Two More Years"
"I Still Remember"
"Hunting for Witches"
"One Month Off"
Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden Remix)
"One More Chance"
"The Love Within"
"The Good News"
"Banquet" (Phones Disco Edit)
"Like Eating Glass"
"This Modern Love"
"Song for Clay (Disappear Here)"
"Ares" (Villains Remix)
Awards and nominations
Pin Me Down