As previously reported on The Tripwire, Blur is going to continue on without guitarist Graham Coxon. Now as just a trio, new material is being worked on that may result in an EP before the end of the year. Without Coxon, the songs will be much more simple due to frontman Damon Albarn’s basic guitar abilities.
In an interview with XFM, Albarn said: “We’ve got the songs but we’re gonna record them in a few hours and just be very laid back about it. But not musically laid back. It’ll be aggressive. Aggressively laid back.”
The downsized group’s sound will definitely change without Coxon. Albarn added: “I can’t really make another Blur record that’s a big landscape sort of thing, due to my very basic guitar ability. Cos I want to sing and play so it has to be three chords. I can only do three chords and not look at the guitar.”
The obvious solution to this guitar issue would be to replace Coxon, but Albarn is having none of that. The surprisingly loyal Albarn was asked if he would consider bringing on a new guiarist, to which he replied, ““What’s the point? We’d never be able to get one as good as Graham.”