Alex James speaks candidly in the new issue of Q about the inter-band relationships within Blur, explaining despite breaks, splits and disputes in the past, the four-piece realised they had something “fucking special” from day one.
The bassist speaks as part of a live review of the band’s set headlining Ireland's Electric Picnic Festival in our new issue – on sale now in print and on digital.
“We always had something,” he tells Q’s Paul Stokes. “We wrote She’s So High at our first rehearsal and we’re very lucky to have that thing between us. It does always feel really fucking special!”
Despite a chequered past that’s seen Graham Coxon depart and rejoin, plus long periods when it looked like the band were finished, James explains that chemistry from that first practice extended into the making of recent album The Magic Whip.
“I’ve come to feel we’re incredibly lucky to have this relationship both personally and musically,” he explains.
“We’ve spent so many years playing together for so many hours, days, weeks, months, years at a time that it’s a proper craft. You can’t compete with a band that’s played years playing together. I guess that’s why we can be a bit nonchalant about not playing together for a month and then turn up [and do a gig]. Every time we do get back together we book in a week of rehearsals, but we turn up on the first day and play everything! It just clicks back in.”
Get the new issue of Q now for the live review and interview, including band’s thoughts on their future and more.
Also Blur are nominated for this year’s Q Awards In Association With Absolute Radio, you can vote for them now for Q Best Album presented by JBL and Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Queen Bohemian Lager.