Months on from a lengthy ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ thank-you speech and performance at the BRIT Awards in February, Blur frontman Damon Albarn reveals that the band’s upcoming special headline show at London’s Hyde Park, marking the end of the Olympic Games on August 12, might well be their last.
Having made their debut in 1991 with the Gold-selling debut Leisure, to date Blur have released seven studio albums, 26 singles and amassed multiple BRIT, Q and NME Awards among other accolades.
The band first split in 2003 but got back together five years later – and while they haven’t released an album since, have headlined a number of festivals since reforming in 2009.
In a recent interview with British broadsheet The Guardian Albarn comments that, whilst scheduled to perform new song “This Is Under The Westway” at Olympic gig, he didn’t “really see any more recordings after this.”
“I find it very easy to record with Graham, he’s a daily musician,” Albarn says of Blur bandmate, guitarist Graham Coxon. He adds, “with the other two [bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree], it’s harder for them to reconnect.”
“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.”
Seemingly to be the band’s final single, “['This Is Under The Westway'] is the first Blur song where it’s been [recorded in] one take,” Albarn explains, “because previously I never finished the lyrics before we recorded – which is quite nice, because I don’t really see any more recordings after this,” he said.
“I hope that’s the truth: that that’s how we end it.”
His more recent project, Grammy Award winning virtual band Gorillaz, also appears to coming to a halt due to “creative differences” with co-creator Jamie Hewlett; “I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on [our] last record, which is a shame.”
Albarn’s debut solo album and folk opera soundtrack, Dr Dee is set for release on May 8 via Virgin – take a listen to the LP’s “The Marvelous Dream” single here.