Blur may record a new album in Hong Kong this week, according to Damon Albarn.
The band were playing a date at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo last night, which was originally due to be followed by some postponed dates in Japan. Faced with a week to kill in Hong Kong, Damon Albarn teased that they may use the time to lay down some new material.
Speaking to the crowd, Albarn said: “So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record.” Scroll down to watch a clip.
The question of whether Blur will record a follow-up to 2003’s Think Tank is an ongoing saga. Blur penned two new tracks – ‘Under The Westway’ and ‘The Puritan’ – for last year’s Hyde Park shows, and the band have hinted that more could follow, with producer William Orbit telling NME that the band had been in the studio working on new material with him. However, most recently, Graham Coxon denied it would happen in a conversation with a fan on Twitter in November 2012. Asked if there is a new Blur album coming out and, if so, when? Coxon replied by simply saying, “No”.
Blur will play their only show on the British Isles this year at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art on August 1. The date marks Blur’s first show in Ireland in four years. Bat For Lashes and The Strypes support.