Documentary explores the creation of band's new album and includes footage shot by members themselves
Blur have revealed The Magic Whip: Made in Hong Kong, a 30-minute film about the maccing of the band’s new album.
Featuring exclusive interviews and personal studio footage shot by the band the film goes into great detail about the album, which went straight to Number One in the UK following its release last week (April 27).
Blur bassist Alex James recently admitted that there was “ill feeling” between he and his bandmates before their reunion and the recording sessions in China which bore the album.
James told the Irish Independent: “There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn’t call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile.”
He went on to add: “It is very much like a sibling relationship, or a marriage. This is a really lovely thing to dip into, because it takes us out of our lives, even though we needed to have lives outside Blur for a while. Now, it is the exact opposite. Blur is like a complete release. At this point, which you could probably call our rock gentlemen phase, everything has become very fulfilling and satisfying. We needed our downtime, but in many ways, nothing has changed too much in 27 years. The crucial difference is that doing all this now is such a complete and utter joy.”
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