Damon Albarn opens up about drug use

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

As Damon Albarn makes the rounds in support of his forthcoming solo debut, Everyday Robots, he’s speaking candidly about his past drug use.

In a new interview with Q magazine (via The Independent), Albarn said that he began using heroin “at the height of Britpop” and found it be “incredibly productive”.

“I hate talking about this because of my daughter, my family. But, for me, it was incredibly creative,” Albarn explained. “A combination of [heroin] and playing really simple, beautiful, repetitive shit in Africa changed me completely as a musician. I found a sense of rhythm. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice.”

Albarn has been clean for several years and stressed that drugs are ”cruel, cruel thing.” He continued, “[Heroin] does turn you into a very isolated person and ultimately anything that you are truly dependent on is not good.”

Albarn also addresses his drug use on Everyday Robots, specifically in the song “You and Me”. Below, watch footage of him performing the song at this month’s BBC 6 Music Festival.

Listen: Damon Albarn – Heavy Seas Of Love

Damon Albarm, frontman of Blur

Damon Albarm, frontman of Blur

 

Latest track off Blur man’s soon-come solo album is its gorgeous closer.

Hear it now!

 
 
Gospel sunshine streaked with London-grey melancholy, Heavy Seas Of Love is one of the more in-your-face tunes off Damon Albarn’s otherwise downbeat and reflective new album, Everyday Robots. Featuring the lovelorn sealion vocals of Albarn’s fellow West London artisan pal Brian Eno, it’s one of those songs with the strength to spirit you away and apply a balm to the cares of now. Hey, Damon’s been there, too. Maybe even Brian. Well, maybe not Brian.
 

 
 
Heavy Seas of Love will be available as a single track download from April 27, 2014. Its parent album, Everyday Robots, is released by Parlophone on April 28. The Heavy Seas is also the name of Albarn’s new touring band – consisting of guitarist Seye, drummer Pauli The PSM, bassist Jeff Wootton and Mike Smith on keyboards. They play the following UK dates…

30th April – The Rivoli Ballroom, London
1st May – The Great Hall, QMUL, London
19th July – Latitude festival (headline), Southwold

Damon Albarn unveils ‘Lonely Press Play’ video

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

Click above to watch the promo, which was shot by Albarn himself on a tablet in locations as varied as Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon. The song is taken from Albarn’s forthcoming solo debut, ‘Everyday Robots’, which is released on April 28.

Following an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month, Albarn will play with his backing band The Heavy Seas at two special shows in London, at the Rivoli Ballroom on April 30 and The Great Hall at QMUL on May 1. He will then headline Latitude Festival on July 19.

Damon Albarn collected the Award For Innovation at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas (February 26) and said that he would “love” to collaborate with Noel Gallagher in the future. Albarn and Gallagher were given the Music Moment Of The Year prize for performing together at a Teenage Cancer Trust show in May of last year. The Blur singer also later admitted that the band had written 15 new songs for a new album, but said they won’t see the light of day for years.

Albarn also was on hand at last night’s ceremony to present Beatles legend Paul McCartney with the Songwriter’s Songwriter Award, while other big winners included Blondie, who were the recipients of this year’s Godlike Genius title, and Arctic Monkeys, who took home five gongs.

Enjoy.

Setlist for Damon Albarn’s first solo performance, plus watch it in full

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On Friday night, Damon Albarn delivered his first live, public performance in support of his debut solo album Everyday Robots, appearing at BBC Radio 6 Music Festival in Manchester. Accomapnied by a full band, which he’s dubbed The Heavy Seas, Albarn performed six songs from Everyday Robots, as well as material from his various other projects.

Highlights included the live debut of Blur’s “All Your Life”, the world premiere of “The Selfish Giant”, “Mr. Tembo”, “Heavy Seas of Love”, which are set to appear on Everyday Robots, and performances of Gorillaz’s “On Melancholy Hill”, “Tomorrow Comes Today”, and “El Mañana”, and The Good, the Bad, and the Queen’s “Kingdom of Doom”.

Watch the full replay at BBC 6′s website. Below, you can watch his performance of set opener “Everyday Robots”.

Details of Damon Albarn’s long-awaited debut solo album have been revealed on Warner Music’s webstore. Entitled Everyday Robots, the 12-track effort will see release on April 29th. The album’s title track also serves as the lead single and is due out on March 3rd digitally and on 7-inch vinyl.

The album itself is available in a variety of configurations, including as an HD digital album and as a deluxe CD/DVD package featuring live performance footage from Fox studios in Los Angeles.

In an interview Rolling Stone late last year, Albarn described the album as a “sort of folk soul” that he made alongside longtime collaborator and XL Recordings head Richard Russell. “Richard does the rhythmic side, and I do everything else,” Albarn explained.

Update: According to Albarn’s Facebook page, the album also features Brian Eno and Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Khan are also featured on the album. It’s described as “his most soul-searching and autobiographical yet” and “explores nature versus technology.”

Below, you can preview a short snippet of “Everyday Robots” in a new trailer for the album. The album’s full tracklist and the single’s artwork follows.

Everyday Robots Tracklist:
01. Everyday Robots
02. Hostiles
03. Lonely Press Play
04. Mr Tembo
05. Parakeet
06.The Selfish Giant
07. You and Me
08. Hollow Ponds
09. Seven High
10. Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
11. The History Of A Cheating Heart
12. Heavy Seas Of Love

Everyday Robots DVD Tracklist:
01. Track x Track Video (Bundle Only)
02. Everyday Robots (live from Fox studios Los Angeles)
03. Hostiles (live from Fox studios Los Angeles)
04. Lonely Press Play (live from Fox studios Los Angeles)
05. Hollow Ponds (libe from Fox studios Los Angeles)

“Everyday Robots” single artwork:

Damon Albarn unveils ‘Lonely Press Play’ video

Damon Albarn has unveiled the video for his new song, ‘Lonely Press Play’.

Click above to watch the promo, which was shot by Albarn himself on a tablet in locations as varied as Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon. The song is taken from Albarn’s forthcoming solo debut, ‘Everyday Robots’, which is released on April 28.