Have a listen to Blur´s new song ‘Go Out’ from their coming album ‘The Magic Whip’
Blur have announced that they will release ‘The Magic Whip’, their first album in 12 years, on April 27. Hear new song ‘Go Out’ now.
Blur are an English rock band, formed in London in 1988. The group consists of singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn, guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur’s debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change influenced by English guitar pop groups such as the Kinks, the Beatles and XTC, Blur released Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape(1995). As a result, the band helped to popularise the Britpop genre and achieved mass popularity in the UK, aided by a chart battle with rival band Oasis in 1995 dubbed the “Battle of Britpop”.
In recording their follow-up, Blur (1997), the band underwent another reinvention, showing influence from the lo-fi style of American indie rock groups. The album, including the “Song 2” single, brought Blur mainstream success in the United States. Their next album, 13 (1999) saw the band members experimenting with electronic and gospel music, and featured more personal lyrics from Albarn. In May 2002, Coxon left Blur during the recording of their seventh album Think Tank (2003). Containing electronic sounds and more minimal guitar work, the album was marked by Albarn’s growing interest in hip hopand African music. After a 2003 tour without Coxon, Blur did no studio work or touring as a band, as members engaged in other projects.
In 2008 Blur reunited, with Coxon back in the fold, for a series of concerts in the following year, and have continued to release several singles and retrospective releases, as well as tour internationally. In 2012, the group received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Blur are set to release their first studio album in 12 years, The Magic Whip, in April 2015.
In January 2010, No Distance Left to Run, a documentary about the band, was released in cinemas and a month later on DVD. In April 2010, Blur released their first new recording since 2003, “Fool’s Day“, for the Record Store Day event, as a vinyl record limited to 1000 copies; it was later made available as a free download on their website.No Distance Left to Run was nominated as Best Long Form Music Video for the 53rd Grammy Awards, Blur’s first-ever Grammy nomination.
In February 2012, Blur were awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the 2012 Brit Awards. Later that month, Albarn and Coxon premiered a new track together live, “Under the Westway”. In April, the band announced that a box-set entitled Blur 21—containing all seven Blur studio albums, four discs of unreleased rarities and three DVDs—would be released in July.
Blur entered the studio early that year to record material for a new album, but in May producer William Orbit told the NME that Albarn had halted recording. Blur’s official Twitter and Facebook pages announced that the band would release two singles “The Puritan” and “Under the Westway” on 2 July. That August, Blur headlined a show at Hyde Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony. In 2013, the band performed at the Rock Werchter in Belgium, the Spanish and Portuguese dates of thePrimavera Sound Festival, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States.
On 19 February 2015, the band announced on social media that they would be releasing their eighth studio album on 27 April, titled The Magic Whip, Blur’s first album in 12 years and first in 16 years in their original lineup