The Info List - Gordon Moakes

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Gordon Peter Moakes (born 22 June 1976) is an English musician, best known as the bassist of rock band Young Legionnaire
Young Legionnaire
and former member of indie rock band Bloc Party.[1] Bloc Party[edit] Moakes became a member of Bloc Party
Bloc Party
after responding to an advertisement placed in the NME
music magazine by Kele Okereke
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 incarnation of Bloc Party
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.[2] He was replaced by Justin Harris later in the year. Moakes currently resides in Austin, Texas.[2] Other works[edit] 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 art.[3] In December 2009, Moakes, Paul Mullen
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
Bloc Party
on hiatus and both The Automatic
The Automatic
and La Roux
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 London.[4] References[edit]

^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Bloc Party". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010.  ^ a b " Bloc Party
Bloc Party
bassist Gordon Moakes
Gordon Moakes
confirms he's left the band - BBC Newsbeat". 23 March 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk.  ^ "News – Artists – yourcodenameis:milo". NME.com. Retrieved 10 April 2009.  ^ 3 days recording with an exciting new side project starting tomorrow with @paulmullen and Gordon Moakes
Gordon Moakes
william bowerman, twitter, 13 December 2009

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Bloc Party

Kele Okereke Russell Lissack Justin Harris Louise Bartle

Gordon Moakes Matt Tong

Studio albums

Silent Alarm A Weekend in the City Intimacy Four Hymns

Remix albums

Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
Remixed Intimacy Remixed


Bloc Party Little Thoughts The Nextwave Sessions


"She's Hearing Voices" "Banquet"/"Staying Fat" "Little Thoughts"/"Tulips" "Helicopter" "Tulips" ""So Here We Are"/"Positive Tension"" "Banquet" "Pioneers" "Two More Years" "The Prayer" "I Still Remember" "Hunting for Witches" "Flux" "Mercury" "Talons" "One Month Off" "Signs" ( Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden
Remix) "One More Chance" "Octopus" "Kettling" "Truth" "Ratchet" "The Love Within" "The Good News" "Virtue" "Stunt Queen"

Other songs

"Banquet" (Phones Disco Edit) "Like Eating Glass" "This Modern Love" "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)" "Ares" (Villains Remix)

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