Blur’s Damon Albarn: ‘Graham Coxon and I have less issues now than we’ve ever had’

Singer says reunion is working because they have 'very independent lives'

Blur‘s Damon Albarn has said that he and guitarist Graham Coxon have “less issues than we’ve ever had”.

The Britpop legends picked up the Outstanding Contribution To Music gong at the Brit Awards earlier this month (February 21), and also recently premiered a new track called ‘Under The Westway’ at at War Child’s pre-Brit Awards fundraiser at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 19.

With the band set to headline special one-off show in London’s Hyde Park to celebrate the end of the Olympic Games this summer and Sweden’s Way Out Fest festival in August, Albarn told NME that the relationship between he and Coxon was stronger than ever.

Coxon left the band during recording sessions for their 2002 album ‘Think Tank’, but Albarn said of the current mood in the band: “It doesn’t feel very different, really. We have the same issues that we’ve had for 20 years. No-one’s really changed that much.”

He went on to add:

But me and Graham have less [issues] than we’ve ever had. We live very independent lives right now, so we’re not on top of each other. It wouldn’t be working otherwise, and I don’t think that either of us could be bothered with that.

To read the rest of the interview with Blur, where they discuss the possibility of recording a new album and their plans beyond this summer, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

And for a full report on Blur’s live return at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the Brit Awards last week, pick up the new issue of NME, which will be on UK newsstands and available digitally from Wednesday (February 29).