Can't say I like the band at all, but fair play to them. Don't see why they should have to sit around twiddling their thumbs just because he wants to make a shitty solo album. Can't see this turning out well for them in regards to popularity, but at least they're in action for the rest of the bands sake.
Although the article says it's Bloc Party of course, are they glorifying it to make it sound like a bust up of sorts? The quote makes it sound more like they'll be doing a different thing whilst he does the solo stuff, then be Bloc Party again at a later date?