Dave Rowntree Of Blur Releases Debut Solo Single
Dave Rowntree of Blur has launched his solo career with his debut single London Bridge. The drummer signed a deal with Cooking Vinyl in 2021 for his first solo LP.
Rowntree explained the inspiration behind the lyrics: “When I was in my early 20s, in Colchester, I would start to see the number 126 everywhere. I lived at a house that was 126, I’d get a bus that was 126. It felt to me that the universe was trying to alert my attention to 126 for some reason, even though the rational part of me knew that that was bollocks.
“So, London Bridge was one of those. Things just started happening when I was near London Bridge, or going past on the bus, or on the tube going underneath London Bridge. I would just notice events occurring, and it was slightly unsettling.
“I had to confront my London Bridge demons and that’s what the song is about.”
On going solo, he added: “I’m really excited to release my first single as a solo artist. It’s from a body of work that I’ve been putting together over the last couple of years, and I’m humbled to be releasing it on the legendary Cooking Vinyl label.”
Despite Blur members having flourishing solo careers, the band haven’t called it quits just yet.
In August last year, lead guitarist Graham Coxon insisted he’d be up for reuniting with the group, saying, “That’s always been the thing with Blur – they’ll do it when they really need to and not for any other reason. It doesn’t really seem genuine to just get back together and just do gigs for a bit of spondage. We need to have some sort of focus for how we would work.”
And frontman Damon Albarn has recently said, “I am just about to have a conversation with people about Blur and I would love to sing all those songs again. I miss the songs. I miss playing with Blur.”