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Russell Lissack (born March 11, 1981) is the lead guitarist of London-based indie rock band Bloc Party. He is also in the band Pin Me Down; a duo of himself and Milena Mepris, who once referred to Lissack as a “Meerkat” due to how he appears and darts about on and off stage.

Lissack grew up in Chingford, London, and went to Bancroft’s School in Woodford, Essex. He then studied Sociology at London South Bank University, dropping out weeks before graduation so he could tour with Bloc Party. He does not do many interviews, (and when he does, he keeps words to a minimum) and he shies away from the camera, leading many to believe that he is quite quiet. When Bloc Party became popular mid 2004, Russell was noted for his distinctive haircut, involving a triangular fringe covering a large part of his face and head. This style has affectionately become known as a “blochead.” He has also been compared to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood in terms of both looks and style of guitar playing.

Although he has a wiry, sharp solo sound, derived from the use of a Fender Telecaster, he also uses his effects pedals to create ambient sounds (such as the delay effect at the beginning of “Like Eating Glass”).

Russell Lissack joined Ash as guitarist on tour in 2010 while Bloc Party are on sabattical.

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  • delilahdzikri

    You were born in 1981? I thought that you're younger :(

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • johnladeira

    Need to back with the band. You're fucking - love guy

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • johnladeira

    where are u ?

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ViPeMo

    And you can not know?

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • aerach

    Can't wait to see Russell play with Ash at Reading Festival!

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • l0stinamelody

    Russell is a legend. Jonny is a legend. Full stop. Would feel dead sorry for Russell if he randomly went on here and read all this :( Love him

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Rutacos

    Why does there have to be a better guitarist? I enjoy Jonny's playing just as Russell, just as I enjoy both of their respective bands. Stop making mountians out of molehills.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • ivan_gatito

    eres genial Russell qiero ser como tu!! ID xd xd!! chido !!!

    3 Jul 2009 Reply
  • mhernandorena

    If you think that the creativity only this in the guitar these very wrong, Jonny touches ALL the instruments and Russell not. The experience of years and talent of legends is not compared by novices. I am sorry about it for those who believe that Russell is a better XD

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Tyom4eg

    no, you have nothing to do at all, because you make fake accouts to get yourself a partner and keep on posting your crap on the bloc party page. :D you really are very, very sad. ;)

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • raph0789

    Failed Grammar and failed insulting. What could be more annoying? I guess you just can't live with the fact that Jonny Greenwood is a better guitarist than Russell Lissack. You must know nothing about guitar or music. So don't bother replying back. I'v got better things to do than argue with people all day.

    20 May 2009 Reply
  • Tyom4eg

    no listned music, accidentally joined just today, accidentally got to the russell lissack page and is trying to join the conversation about johnny and russell. you sir are pathetic. :D i see you got some serious problems.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • raph0789

    Jonny greenwood is obviously better than russell lisack. I mean one of russell's favorite guitarists were jonny. Oh yeah btw, russell's solos arent as good as jonny's solos. Not even close.

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • Tyom4eg

    how is russell a kid of mom? anyways, i listned to it and it's some pretty good stuff, even though their is no guitar playing in it, what i was actually about. (i guess he composed this, just like the there will be blood soundtrack.) but i'm not aiming to fight with you. i already said what i think of both of them. and noone can say, without lying, russell isn't a talented and skilled guitarist. because you don't hear such good and dynamic sound often nowdays.

    18 May 2009 Reply
  • mhernandorena

    bah, the kid of mom cannot achieve this...

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • Tyom4eg

    i think russ is even better than johnny. :) in my opinion his solos are more impressive and creative. even though my respect for johnny greenwood is immense. they both are the best guitarist of the present time.

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • mhernandorena

    Jonny Greenwood RULES!!!

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Yellow_Brick

    He is the best.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
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    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Keanuette

    Sorry I missed your berfday hun. Hope it was good. Jen xox

    18 Mar 2007 Reply
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