Damon Albarn dropped a couple of bombs in his recent interview with The Guardian. The front man of brit-pop icons Blur and cartoon band Gorillaz has alluded to the termination of both projects.
On Blur, who disbanded in 2003 and famously reunited in 2009:
So no more Blur records?
“No, I don’t think so.”
And will you play live again after Hyde Park?
“No, not really.”
This is even bigger news. So that’s it?
“I think so, yeah,” he says. A little later, he goes on: “And I hope that’s the truth: that that’s how we end it. I don’t know: you can write scripts, and they always end up going… [pause]… well, one thing I’ve learned, and I’m sure you’re exactly the same, is that everything I think I’ve got totally sorted out, and I know exactly what’s going to happen – it never works out that way…”
So how should I put it? That in all likelihood, this is the end of Blur?
“In all likelihood, I would say. [pause] Oh, God…”
On Gorillaz, a musical/cartoon collaboration with Jamie Hewlett:
“Gorillaz was a really wonderful, spontaneous thing,” he says. “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.’”
Which brings us to another of today’s revelations. Will there be more Gorillaz music?
That’s a shame. Do you feel you’re done?
“Jamie does, which is fair enough. I think we were at cross purposes somewhat on that last record, which is a shame. So until a time comes when that knot has been untied…”
So what do we think? Will Albarn really lay both these musical maestros to rest?