Damon Albarn Says “Unlikely” Gorillaz & Blur Will Record New Music
Damon Albarn, most famously known for Britpop band Blur and experimental rock group Gorillaz, said in an interview with The Guardian that fans probably won’t be getting a new version of “Song 2” or “Clint Eastwood” in the near future–or at all.
According to Albarn, Blur has probably written its last song and after dissent amongst Gorillaz, Albarn said new music was “unlikely.”
In an interview with The Guardian, Albarn talks about “This Is Under The Westway,” a song which premiered at a charity concert in February and will be featured at the closing ceremony for the Olympics.
“We recorded it live,” he said. “One take. It’s the first Blur song where it’s been one take, because previously I never finished the lyrics before we recorded. This time, I’d done that, so we were actually able to perform it…Which is quite nice, because I don’t really see any more recordings after this. So it’s nice to have finally done one song where we did it properly.”
So, Blur’s “one-off” for the Olympics might be their last song, but what about Albarn’s other world-famous musical project, Gorillaz?
“Gorillaz was a really wonderful, spontaneous thing,” Albarn said to The Guardian. “It started with two people sitting on a sofa, going, ‘Let’s make a band.’ ‘All right, I’ll go into my studio and draw some characters.’ ‘I’ll go in mine and make a tune, and we’ll put them together.'”
And will there be any more Gorillaz music? “Er… unlikely.” Albarn said that Jamie Hewlett from Gorillaz thinks the band is over “which is fair enough.”
“I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame,” Albarn continued. “So until a time comes when that knot has been untied…”
“It was one of those things. The music and the videos weren’t working as well together, but I felt we’d made a really good record, and I was into it. So we went and played it.”
While Blur and Gorillaz may be no longer, Albarn is still working on a plethora of music projects including Rocket Juice and the Moon with Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Flea Balzary, an opera called Dr. Dee, and recording the film score for The Boy in the Oak.