August 22, 2002 -
are planning to make a film.
The four-piece are working on their
new album in their own studio, and are looking
toward a release in the early part of next year.
Writing to fans on the Blur
www.blur.co.uk, bassist Alex
James has written a series of 'diary'
entries from the studio. He said that as the band
get older, they rely less on being
"psychically charged" than before.
"Being soberer, probably all of
us more sensible than at any point in our lives
so far, has led to some changes in
emphasis", he said. "I think previously
we felt a need to be psychically charged to make
good music. What we did during the day was
informed by reckless gallivanting in the dark.
There was a consensus that good music
which is a reflection of your deepest desires and
all the things you care about cant
be made by people who go to bed early."
He revealed that all four members of
the band have "grown up", and although
the "dynamic" of the group has changed,
the new album is starting to take shape.
He continued: "You pour your
heart into it everyday, you never really know
what youre going to get till youve
got it but something is happening. Everything
James also said
that outside of the album work, the band are
" talking to various people about making a
He explained: "When Hollywood
films get made, they put the music on last, and
then use the music to sell the film. Weve
started with the music. The ninety-minute Hollywood
film is rarely any one persons vision
anymore. It gets too watered down. A song is
always someones vision and there are great
possibilities, but people in bands generally tend
to be good at making music specifically, rather
than good film makers, which is why you get so
many crap videos of bands performing. Watch this