Blur Revealing Songs from New Album
Blur announced they were working on a new album back in February 2012. The new release would be their first since 2003’s Think Tank. Since that point, the Britpop band hasn’t previewed any new material, but fans may get to hear some next week. Instead of going on television or the radio, however, Blur will perform two new tracks from a yet-unnamed London rooftop. The performance is being broadcast on Twitter on 6:15 p.m. at July 2.
The two tracks are “The Puritan” and “Under The Westway,” which were written for the Hyde Park stadium show on August 12, at the end of the Olympics. The group posted a statement about the performance on YouTube, and bassist Alex James said: "[The songs] show completely different sides of Blur. There's ‘The Puritan,’ which is a big and bouncy, up and at-em sing-along special. And ‘Under the Westway’ is more hymn. But I think they'll both go down rather well."
James went on to add: "We certainly get quite overwhelmed by playing the songs, which is something that doesn't happen when you're doing it all the time. This is something that happens incredibly rarely and who knows if it will ever happen again. Whether this is the end or beginning of the next chapter."
Blur will additionally be interviewed as part of the broadcast. The songs come out in digital and vinyl formats on August 7.
Blur’s future remains uncertain, however. In April, Damon Albarn spoke with The Guardian about the future of Blur and Gorillaz. About Blur, Albarn mentioned, at the time, that the group won’t do anymore shows after the Hyde Park performance and may not do anymore albums after their upcoming release.
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