Blur Share New Songs – ‘The Rabbi’ And ‘The Swan’: Listen
Singles The Narcissist and St Charles Square preceded the LP, as did a pair of Wembley Stadium shows and worldwide festival appearances. According to the Official Charts Company, The Ballad Of Darren is set to become the bands seventh UK No 1 album.
Meanwhile, tonight sees a very special global performance of their highly-anticipated new album The Ballad of Darren – live streamed via Driift from London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday 25 July 2023 at 9pm BST. Tickets and information here.
In a new interview with Dork, guitarist Graham Coxon and bassist Alex James discussed the excitement around the latest album and shows. Yeah, it has surprised me!” laughed Graham. “It’s made me think, well, where the hell were you last time? Maybe I shouldn’t have been amazed, but it does feel like there’s a massively more renewed interest in the band than there was a few years ago. It might be because the 90s are meant to be in, or guitar bands are meant to be in. I know younger musicians are listening to Blur a lot more. Maybe it’s ignited culturally in peoples’ brains more than before.”
“I think it surprises all of us,” added Alex. “You never really know until you’ve put a show on sale, but eight years is half a generation. You don’t know whether anyone’s even going to buy a ticket. But last time, people would say, ‘My mum and dad like Blur’, and now it’s ‘My kids love Blur’. So there was this sense that maybe the songs had found a new audience.”
James went on to talk about how the band have endured, “I never know if any show is going to be our last, but I think we’ve all realised that Blur is something that none of us can walk away from and nor would we want to. There are always some terribly depressing divorce rates getting published, and the divorce rate with bands is 99.9%. Most bands end up hating each other, so I guess it’s a testament to all our patience that somehow it’s just always worked when it’s the four of us in a room.”