By Zachary Swickey
You have to love the future of technology, especially when it brings you two new songs from a band that hasn’t released an album in nearly ten years. We’re referring to the surprise announcement from English alt-rockers Blur that they will be debuting two new songs via Twitter next week.
The critically acclaimed quartet led by Damon Albarn of Gorillaz fame announced (video below) that they will perform two new songs – “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” – on a rooftop (much like the Beatles final rooftop performance) in a live stream exclusively found on Blur’s handle on the social networking site.
It’s all going down at 6:15 pm BST on July 2 at @BlurOfficial. The songs will be available for digital download following the performance and a limited edition single is set for release on August 6.
Twitter’s UK division general manager, Tony Wang, was excited that the band decided to utilize Twitter to debut their new songs.
"People all over the world are connecting with the musicians they love on Twitter. Blur is taking this idea even further by debuting two new songs through a live stream and having a direct conversation with their fans on the platform,” Wang said.
He continued, "They know what their fans want and are setting the pace for the future of artist engagement online."
Meanwhile, there’s no telling what the future holds for Blur. Just this April, Albarn was saying future performances were “unlikely,” yet here we are with two new tunes and the band set to headline the Olympic closing ceremonies concert at London's Hyde Park. Not that we’re complaining…