Kele Okerke–the lead singer of anthemically anthemic British band Bloc Party–has suddenly decided that signing to Vice magazine’s record label is a “Don’t.” In an interview, he lamented the decision to partner with the label, which distributes the group’s albums in the U.S.:
He moans, “That’s one of the things that I most regret about our history. I wish I’d voiced my concerns at the time, articulated them more clearly.
“The people that we work with are lovely, and they’re a separate company from the magazine, but Vice the brand just fills me with dread, really. It’s a real kind of nasty vortex, where any decency and general compassion to other people has just been completely obliterated.
“I don’t know if the magazine is still like that, but it certainly was very much so back then.”
We appreciate Okerke’s apparent eagerness to bite the hand that feeds him, but couldn’t he have brought this up when the band first hooked up with the label more than two years ago? It wasn’t as if the Vice brand was any less repugnant back then. As for the magazine editors themselves, they’ve yet to comment on the remarks, noting that they’re busy finishing up a new feature on the 100 Totally Awesome Crypto-Fascists Of All Time.