Alex James says there was ‘ill feeling’ among Blur before their reunion

Bassist discusses band's split and subsequent reformation

Blur bassist Alex James has admitted that there was “ill feeling” between he and his bandmates before their reunion.

The band initially split up in 2003 after the release of their ‘Think Tank’ album, but have since reformed for a number of gigs and are set to release their new album, ‘The Magic Whip’, next week (April 27).

Speaking to the Irish Independent about relationships between he and his bandmates, James said: “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,” he concluded. “The crucial difference is that doing all this now is such a complete and utter joy.”

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.