Blur: ‘We’re only just realising the potential of our relationship musically’

The Britpop band recently released 'The Magic Whip', their first album in 12 years

Blur have discussed their comeback album ‘The Magic Whip’ and the future of the group in a new interview, describing the revelation of still being surprised by each other after all these years.

The recently reunited Britpop band released their first album in 12 years last month, going straight to Number One in the UK before being knocked to second spot by Mumford & Sons over the weekend.

Speaking to Billboard, guitarist Graham Coxon said: “It’s weird that we’re between 45 and 50 and we’re only just realising the potential of our relationship musically.”

He continued: “This process has shown us a lot more than I ever thought it would, what we like about each other and what we both enjoy about the music that we make together… If we had done this 20 years ago, it would have been a lot easier.”

“The story of this record can be compared to a middle-aged couple, out of the blue, receiving the news that there was going to be a new baby, after the original children had grown up,” frontman Damon Albarn added. “We had no intention of having another kid and then suddenly, almost miraculously, one appeared.”

Pressed on whether Albarn’s various side-projects would prevent a full tour or another record with the band, the singer described himself as “terminally promiscuous”.

Meanwhile, Blur are set to launch their very own brand of ice cream, selling their ‘Magic Whip’ product at upcoming UK dates, as well as at selected Co-Operative stores, from June.

The product was created in conjunction with dairy specialist The Licktators and has been described as “a dairy vanilla custard ice cream rippled with raspberry sauce”. The company have previously released music-themed flavours such as Jiggy Pop (popcorn flavour) and John Lemon (Lemon curd). They also made headlines recently by producing breast milk ice cream to mark the birth of royal baby, Princess Charlotte.

Blur recently announced that they’ll play a trio of headline dates in Glasgow, Blackpool and Llandudno this summer. See below for full dates and venue information. The gigs will act as warm-up for the band’s headline set at the Isle Of Wight festival in June.

Blur will also headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Benicàssim festival in Spain.

Blur will play the following headline dates:

Glasgow Barrowlands (June 9)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (10)
Llandudno Cymru Arena (11)