Blur’s Graham Coxon: ”A+E’ is cold, hard and gritty’

Guitarist says he wanted to fill his new solo album with 'perverse sounds'

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has spoken about his latest solo album ‘A+E’ and has described it as a “cold, hard and gritty” record.

The album, which is the eighth solo release of Coxon’s career, will be released on April 2 and contains 10 tracks in all. The album is the follow-up to his 2009 album ‘The Spinning Top’.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph about the album, Coxon said that it differed from his previous solo offerings as there is a “lack of romantic songs” on the album.


Asked about ‘A+E’, he said: “There’s a lack of romantic songs on the album, which is unusual for me. It’s cold, hard and gritty. Maybe it’s a massively jealous record, about the stuff I don’t do any more: living dangerously and going out with a roll of the dice.”

Coxon also spoke about the manner of the album’s recording, revealing that he had purposefully used a lot of analogue gear and wanted the LP to feature “perverse sounds”.

He said of this: “‘A+E’ is very English. We used a lot of old synths, and drum machines that were so analogue they were almost human. We wanted perverse sounds so we didn’t clean up the sound much.”

Graham Coxon will tour in support of ‘A+E’ in April, playing 14 shows across the UK. These begin at Oxford’s O2 Academy on April 13 and run until April 30 when Coxon will headline Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions venue.

You can watch an interview with Coxon from last month’s NME Awards by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.