August 9, 2012 10:12

Graham Coxon on Blur's future recording plans: 'There's no point in forcing it'

Guitarist says 'The less pressure we're under to do anything, the better we are'

Graham Coxon on Blur's future recording plans: 'There's no point in forcing it'

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Blur's Graham Coxon has spoken about the band's future and has said that after they play Hyde Park on Sunday (August 12) they have no definite plans.

The band headline the huge outdoor show on Sunday with support from New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club, but Coxon has said that after that there is nothing on the horizon for the quartet.

Speaking to Shortlist, the guitarist said that the relationship he had with the other members of Blur was "very relaxed", but only because they have no real commitments.

He said of this: "Blur are like my extended family, We have ups and downs, much like brothers do, but it’s great that we have that connection and we’re always there for each other. Our relationship seems to be more relaxed these days. The less pressure we’re under to do anything, the better we are."

Coxon also said the band' recent singles 'Under The Westway' and 'The Puritan' were the last thing they had, and there was nothing now left to release after now their exhaustive boxset '21' had come out.

Asked if Blur had anymore unreleased tracks to come out, Coxon said: "No, that’s it really. Sorry, but there just aren’t any more. My only hope is that we carry on doing what we really want to do. That’s it. I don’t think we like having things pencilled in too much or feeling pressured into anything. That’s our relationship now. We record when we want to see each other and try something. There’s no point in forcing it if it doesn’t feel good."

You can read a full preview of Blur's Hyde Park shows and a full interview with Alex James in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

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