Blur reveal plans for new material

Band have been 'jangling along' with each other

Blur have spoken about the possibility of writing new material - and have revealed that they have already been jamming original music with each other since reuniting.

The four-piece, who will be closing Glastonbury with a headline set on June 28, haven't written together the sessions for 2003's 'Think Tank', when Graham Coxon, who left the band during the recording, only contributed to one song - 'Battery In Your Leg'.

However, bassist Alex James has told BBC 6music that the band have been experimenting with fresh ideas in recent rehearsal sessions.

"Damon [Albarn, frontman] will be jangling along with some chords and I'll start banging along and you'll [Coxon] join," he said. "Our musical cup overflow-eth at the moment. It’s all good."

Coxon added that the band weren't attempting to play any complete new songs yet, despite the jam sessions.

"I think it's giving it time and doing justice to it really," he said. "We wouldn't want to just sling stuff together to play this summer [at gigs including shows in Manchester and London's Hyde Park]. It wouldn’t be right.

“We really don't want to put ourselves under any pressure. I think we want to have fun with these gigs and then we'll think about that really."

Blur played a surprise instore gig in London on Monday (June 15) after making their live comeback in Colchester on Saturday (June 13).

See next week's issue of NME, out June 24, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes report and interview from Blur's Colchester comeback.

Watch Blur rehearsing in their London studio in an exclusive video below:


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