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The Blur set to roll out "The Magic Whip"
Pardon the pun, but 2015 has all been a bit of a blur for The Blur.
The band announced in February that they'll be rolling out a brand new album, "The Magic Whip," at the end of April. It will be their first since 2003's "Think Tank," and the reason the band held a live streamed Facebook event from Chinatown in London. From the first moment of the announcement, the album has been available for pre-order. The band also unveiled the video for "The Magic Whip's" first single "Go Out."
"The Magic Whip," which was recorded at Hong Kong's Avon Studios over the course of five days after a scheduled Spring 2013 gig was cancelled, will feature 12 new songs: "Lonesome Street," "New World Towers," "Go Out," "Ice Cream Man," "Thought I Was a Spaceman," "I Broadcast," "My Terracotta Heart," "There are Too Many of Us," "Ghost Ship," "Pyongyang," "Ong Ong," and "Mirrorball."
The album will be available as a digital download, on CD and as a 2-disc vinyl set. To promote its release, the band is playing the entire album live and for the first time at a small club in West London. The one-off, free show will take palce on Friday, March 20th. Tickets will be limited and winners will be selected at random.
Blur is also set to return to historic Hyde Park in London on Saturday, June 20 as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park.
Life's a Blur since band reunites (Created 9/19/2013)
Said to epitomize the Brit-pop movement of the '90s, Blur achieved mass popularity in the UK before falling off the radar. In 2008 they reunited, and have been going strong ever since.
There has never been a question that Blur unabashedly carried a British pop sound on its first four albums, from 1991's "Leisure" to 1995's "The Great Escape." Even saying they made a stylistic change influenced by the likes of The Kinks, The Beatles and XTC, they didn't really rise to the top of the genre until a chart battle with rival band Oasis in what became known as "The Battle of Britpop."
Reinvention, it seemed, was again the name of the game with the release of 1997's "Blur," which reflected the influence of American indie rock groups. "Song 2," one of the singles from that album, finally helped the band break through in the United States. Yet their 1999 album called "13" was another experiment, this time in electronic and gospel music. The constant changes in sound may have led to the departure of guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, as Blur trended again in a new direction – tackling hip hop and African music. He departed in 2002, and didn't reunite with the group until 2008.
It was July 3, 2009 when Blur officially reunited for a concert at London's famed Hyde Park. They released their second greatest hits album the same year, and despite initially saying the band had no intention of recording or touring live again, they've been doing just that. April 2010 saw the release of "Fool's Day," their first new track in seven years, and they followed it with "Under the Westway" in 2012. Rumors of a new album followed, and while it has yet to materialize, Blur is once again playing live dates. They headlined Belgium's Rock Werchter, as well as performing at the Primavera Sound Festival and Coachella in 2013.