Blur and Gorillaz are unlikely to go on
In these days of countless reunions Blur and Gorillaz are the most unlikely to go on. In an interview with The Guardian the frontman of both bands, Damon Albarn, rules out almost all possibilities of Gorillaz future or Blur recordings and live shows after playing at Hyde Park this summer.
Blur just finished recording a one-off single, Under The Westway, which was premiered by Damon and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon earlier this year. Damon says: “We recorded it live. One take. It’s the first Blur song where it’s been one take, because previously I never finished the lyrics before we recorded. This time, I’d done that, so we were actually able to perform it. Which is quite nice, because I don’t really see any more recordings after this. So it’s nice to have finally done one song where we did it properly.”
“I find it very easy to record with Graham,” says Damon. “He’s a daily musician. With the other two, it’s harder for them to reconnect. You know what I mean? It’s fine when we play live – it’s really magical still – but actually recording new stuff, and swapping musical influences… it’s quite difficult.”
So after years of rumours about possible reunion and recordings, this is perhaps coming to an end. To the question whether there will be more Blur records Damon says “No, I don’t think so”. And to the question whether they will play live again after Hyde Park he says “No, not really.”
Speaking about Gorillaz Damon says it’s unlikely that there will be more Gorillaz music. “I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame,” says Albarn about his bandmate Jamie Hewlett. “So until a time comes when that knot has been untied…”
Damon Albarn keeps busy with his other projects like Rocket Juice And The Moon and has tried his skills in writing an opera: Dr Dee has premiered last year and will be released on May 7.
Read the full interview with Damon Albarn here.