Blur’s Alex James has revealed there was ill feeling between the band members prior to their reformation and new album
lur bassist Alex James has revealed that relations between the band’s members were less than ideal, prior to their reformation and the release of their upcoming album The Magic Whip. When speaking to the Irish Independent he stopped short of claiming animosity between the four, but was clear in highlighting the discord. James said: “There came a point around 2003 where we all needed to go off and do our own things and be other people, rather than being this four-headed monster. I wouldn’t call it animosity, but there was a little bit of ill feeling. We needed time out and to reconcile.”
He continued by saying that now Blur now see working together as being “total joy”. “It is very much like a sibling relationship, or a marriage. This is a really lovely thing to dip into, because it takes us out of our lives, even though we needed to have lives outside Blur for a while. Now, it is the exact opposite. Blur is like a complete release. At this point, which you could probably call our rock gentlemen phase, everything has become very fulfilling and satisfying. We needed our downtime, but in many ways, nothing has changed too much in 27 years. The crucial difference is that doing all this now is such a complete and utter joy.”
Blur release The Magic Whip on Monday (27 April), which is their first release since 2003’s Think Tank and their first album as a four-piece since 1999’s 13. You can see the video for The Magic Whip‘s song Lonesome Street below.