Gordon Moakes

Born 22 June 1976.


Gordon Peter Moakes (born 22 June 1976) is an English multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist for English 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 bass player. 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—known as The Angel Range—and played shows across London. Moakes also ran and updated the band's website at the time.

Moakes shares 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 a song titled "Diet".

His bass playing is often sparse and usually involves very little playing until latter verses, such as in "Like Eating Glass", "Banquet", and "Hunting for Witches".

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