The star says his new solo material sounds nothing like his old band...

Ex-BLUR guitarist Graham Coxon has hit back at comments that his new solo material bears a resemblance to the work of his former band.

Graham Coxon, who releases ‘Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery’ on May 3, says the single sounds nothing like Blur‘s 1999 hit ‘Coffee And TV’.

“It’s not at all a resemblance,” he said. “Rhythmically it is, but chordally it isn’t at all. Most songs are mostly made up of major or minor chords and there’s a lot of major chords in this like ‘Coffee And TV’ but the shapes of the chords are completely different.”

“I had an awful lot to do with ‘Coffee And TV’. It was an adopted child to me. I started off as an acoustic Damon (Albarn) demo vocal, and I guess I took it the way I thought it would benefit, to write the lyrics and sing it. There will always be similarities between Blur and my stuff as I was responsible for quite a lot of the flavour of Blur songs.”

Graham Coxon has been confirmed for this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, and will embark on a UK and Irish tour in support of his new album in May. ‘Happiness In Magazines’ is released on May 17.

“It’s their world of aspirations,” he explained to XFM. “They’re all about great kitchens, great pots and pans, great bottoms, great suits and great cars. Looking through those magazines isn’t very good for my sense of reality. It makes my reality look an awful lot more dull after seeing those things.”

“I can’t afford to mess about with my sense of what’s real and imaginary at the moment,” he continued. “I’m often tipping too far to the imaginary, so sometimes I have to touch the trees and the roads and go ‘I’m here’. Y’know?”

The full tour dates are:

Manchester Academy 3 (May 20)

Liverpool Academy 2 (21)

Newcastle Northumbria University (24)

Edinburgh Venue (25)

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (26)

Sheffield Leadmill (28)

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (29)

Birmingham Academy (30)

Cardiff Engine Rooms (June 2)

Oxford Zodiac (3)

Brighton Concorde 2 (6)

Norwich Waterfront (7)

London Electric Ballroom (8)

Dublin Village (10)

Belfast Limelight (11)

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