Blur have taken to Twitter to announce what is thought to be the release of two brand new singles.
Writing at Twitter.com/blurofficial, the band posted the date July 2 and the times 6.15pm and 7.15pm (BST) alongside the hashtagged names ‘The Puritan’ and ‘Under The Westway’.
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon debuted ‘Under The Westway’ earlier this year at a Brit Awards War Child benefit show, whilst Albarn played an acoustic take on ‘The Puritan’ at a poetry festival at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall earlier this month. Scroll down to hear versions of both songs.
‘The Puritan’ post features a picture of a neon lettering stating “Hey puritan what you gonna do about it” while the shot which accompanies the ‘Under The Westway’ tweet features a photo of the West London overpass emblazoned with the words: “Bring us the day they switch off the machines.”
— blur (@blurofficial) June 22, 2012
Blur will embark on an intimate UK tour this August. The Britpop icons will play four shows, beginning at Margate’s Winter Gardens on August 1. They will then play two shows at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall on August 5 and 6, before finishing off at Plymouth’s Pavilions on August 7.
The shows will act as a warm-up for the band’s huge outdoor gig at London’s Hyde Park on August 12, which sees Blur topping a bill that also includes New Order and The Specials. The gig has been put on to coincide with the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. Blur are also scheduled to headline Sweden’s Way Out West festival in August.
Blur will release a career-spanning boxset on July 30. Titled ’21’, the collection includes the band’s seven studio albums as well as over five hours of previously unreleased material including 65 tracks, rarities, three DVDs, a collector’s edition book and special limited edition Seymour seven-inch vinyl.