Bloc Party Respect Arctics
They have a "mind" says Kele, unlike a lot of bands...
Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke says he is disappointed with the current indie music scene as not enough bands are putting their "minds" to use.
Talking to MTV.co.uk, the singer said Arctic Monkeys are the exception.
"The thing I like most about them is that he (Alex Turner) has made talking about every day life very in vogue and fashionable."
He continued, "I'm not that into the music but I'm impressed with (his lyrics). I feel he has a mind. But I'm finding it hard to believe that singers in other bands have a mind."
On their highly anticipated second album, 'A Weekend In The City', Bloc Party have covered issues from racism and terrorism to the frustrations of never making a move on that person you really like.
And it sounds as if listening to the Arctics inspired them too.
Kele told us, "I've become more confident in my ability to say what I'm thinking and in describing the world I see. There is no point hiding behind cliche and abstraction.
"If what you see is banal, boring and every day, say it. It's more powerful."
Hear what the band have to say about the new album, their influences and their thoughts on concept albums here.
'A Weekend In The City' is released on February 5.