Blur seem to be enjoying playing with all of our emotions. A few months ago when speaking to The Guardian, Damon Albarn said that not only would Blur’s reunion be coming to an end before any new album would surface, but he also declared that Gorillaz, his most successful post-Blur project, would also be unfurling.
Albarn then balked on his statement, saying that both projects are more up in the air than in the ground, according to an interview with Metro.
That later statement may have some credence just yet. A very confusing but promising tweet was released on June 19 from Blur’s official Twitter account that seemed to indicate…well, something… from the band. Bassist Alex James now states that the band will be debuting two new songs on July 2 at 6:15 p.m. BST (that’s 1:15 p.m. EST/10:15 a.m. PST). Both “The Puritan” and “Under the Westway” have been played live before in one shape or form, but this will be their official release which will then culminate with their digital release, available after the second song is played.
As for the future of the band, James still remains unsure but hopeful: “Who knows if it’ll ever happen again…if this is will be the end or the beginning of the next chapter.”
It honestly sounds pretty final and has echoes of The Beatles’ breakup being that the band will perform the new songs on a rooftop in London, coupled with that single piano downbeat at the end of the announcement’s clip.
Check out James’ official statement in the video below.