You may remember Blur for their biggest hit, Song 2. The 1997 single has been featured in everything from South Park episodes to the Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. But “Song 2” is just a snapshot of the bands musical journey. The British rock band was formed in 1988. They released 7 albums, experimented with a variety of sounds and acted as a rivalry to Oasis on the Britpop scene.
In 2001, guitarist Graham Coxon left the band. Blur still managed the release of the album Think Tank and toured in 2003 without their guitarist. Following the tour, the band took a hiatus and pursued personal projects. Most notably singer/keyboardist Damon Albarn spent his time with the band Gorillaz (yes, the “virtual band”—who happen to be in the works of a new album…but that’s another story).
In 2009 Blur reunited to play a show at London’s Hyde Park, which reignited the bands spark to continue touring and making music together. Their latest album The Magic Whip was just released in April 2015.
And now, we get to see even more of Blur in their documentary New World Towers. The film will hit UK theatres on December 2nd. This comes as a follow up to the 2010 documentary No Distance Left to Run, which followed Blur on their 2009 reunion tour. The film was even nominated as Best Long Form Music Video for the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011. Perhaps the band is hoping to finally snag that Grammy with New World Towers. Blurs latest film has three major focuses, the recording of their most recent album The Magic Whip, their homecoming show at Hyde Park and a celebratory trip to Hong Kong after the release of the album. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, an international release of New World Towers is still in the works.