Damon Albarn, who won the Award For Innovation at 2014’s NME Awards last week, talked to the publication about his plans for the future. He told them that he would ‘love’ to collaborate with Noel Gallagher in the future.
Last year, Blur bassist Alex James hinted at the unlikely pairing of former nemeses Albarn and Noel Gallagher. The two musicians put their well-publicized hostility behind them after they performed together at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a Teenage Cancer Trust gig. They were joined by guitarist Graham Coxon and the legendary Paul Weller, creating a one-off supergroup. The band played Blur’s 1999 hit ‘Tender,’ with Gallagher joking that he had agreed to perform the song because it was ‘easy to play on guitar.’
James went on to claim that Albarn and Gallagher were ‘like best mates now’ and alluded to a potential future partnership between the former enemies. When he had been asked about the legendary Blur and Oasis rivalry, James said, ‘Damon and Noel Gallagher are working together on a lot of stuff, so whatever was back then is not relevant anymore.’ Unfortunately, James failed to elaborate on what he meant by the pair ‘working together,’ and he was not pressed for further details.
Damon Albarn recently revealed the name of the band that will be backing him in his solo shows. Although Everyday Robots will be released on April 28 under his own name, Albarn said he wanted himself and his backing band to be known as The Heavy Seas. Albarn’s new backing band were named after ‘Heavy Seas Of Love,’ the final track off his forthcoming solo debut.
Albarn also shared details of, what he described as, a ‘mad spell’ of traveling at the end of last year, which included a trip to communist North Korea. ‘I went to North Korea researching something,’ Albarn told the NME. ‘I had a brilliant time there. It’s like a magical kingdom, in the sense that everyone is under a spell. I do intend to go back.’