Graham Coxon: ‘Blur shows were getting tedious without new material’

Guitarist says his playing on new album 'The Magic Whip' reflects anxiety at intense atmosphere in Hong Kong

Blur‘s Graham Coxon says the band couldn’t have done any more shows without new material.

The guitarist made the comments in an interview with South China Morning Post about new album ‘The Magic Whip’, which was partly recorded in Hong Kong.

The band will headline British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park on June 20 and have hinted at further shows. Asked about playing live, Coxon said: “We just couldn’t have done any more shows without some new material. It was getting tedious, and some of the fans were getting peeved about it.”

Coxon also spoke about how Hong Kong’s “intense” atmosphere made its way onto the album.

Coxon said: “Obviously the city is going to make its way into the music. A lot of the stuff guitar-wise reflected my anxiety at the intense environment of Hong Kong. And you have this kind of dislocation when you’re not recording in your own city.”

Speaking to NME last week, frontman Damon Albarn revealed that Blur will play gigs in Scotland and Wales prior to their Hyde Park date in London this June – watch the video below

Blur to release first new album for 12 years, ‘The Magic Whip’ – hear first song now

‘The Magic Whip’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Lonesome Street’
‘New World Towers’
‘Go Out’
‘Ice Cream Man’
‘Thought I Was A Spaceman’
‘I Broadcast’
‘My Terracotta Heart’
‘There Are Too Many Of Us’
‘Ghost Ship’
‘Ong Ong’