The band released their first record in 12 years this week
The Britpop group recently returned for their first album in 12 years, with ‘The Magic Whip’ released this week (April 27). Expected to top the UK Albums Chart this weekend, it is also the first LP to feature Coxon throughout since 1999 (Coxon only featured on one track of 2003’s ‘Think Tank’ after he left the band).
Speaking in today’s Metro, Coxon described the new full-length as “a really good Blur album”, adding, “At the moment this is my favourite because it’s poignant – a lot of what Damon [Albarn]’s saying with the lyrics would maybe resonate with someone who’s my age, feeling dislocated by technology but also slightly enslaved by it, and worried about where it’s all going to end up. I feel like he’s saying the stuff that I feel”.
The band’s bassist Alex James has revealed that the band are sitting on enough material to release another new album, having only used half of the tracks they wrote for ‘The Magic Whip’. While the album included 13 songs (including its Japanese edition bonus track), James has now revealed that there is plenty more material in the vaults.
Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, James states that Albarn had “26 or 27” song ideas formulated before their recording sessions in Hong Kong.
However, James says not to expect a follow-up any time soon. He said: “Nobody knew the answer to the question ‘Will Blur make a new album?’ for 12 years, so it’s incredible [that] everyone is asking again already.
“Whether any other stuff from [the Hong Kong sessions] will ever emerge, who knows? But coming up with new music has never been Blur’s problem. If you get the four of us in the studio in the right frame of mind, we’ll always make new music.”
Blur will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20. They have also been announced as a headliner for this year’s Isle Of Wight festival and Benicàssim festival in Spain.
Drummer Dave Rowntree has claimed that Blur will not be headlining Glastonbury this year. Watch Blur discuss ‘The Magic Whip’ in a video interview below.