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More Blur material on way, vows Damon Albarn

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has revealed plans for the band to record more new songs.

The Britpop pioneers' first new release in seven years - a song called Fool's Day - created massive interest when it hit independent record shops in limited numbers last month.

The single was seen as a one-off - but Albarn has now confirmed that more material is in the pipeline.

Asked how he felt about Blur, Albarn told the NME: "I'm definitely going to do a few more of those 7ins and at some point in the undetermined future there will be a record at the end of it.

"I love the no pressure aspect. Just going in the studio and recording it in a day is something we haven't done since the B-sides in the early days."

But fans may have to wait a while as Albarn said it would not be possible to record a whole album in the near future.

The Gorillaz singer said: "We can't do it all the time, so I don't want anyone to think there's an album coming soon, it's not possible, but we've got songs!"

Only 1,000 copies were pressed of Fool's Day, which was released to support Record Store Day.

The single-sided vinyl release was made available only through independent record shops, but within hours copies had sprung up on eBay priced at £150.

The recording became the first to feature all four members since Battery In Your Leg from the album Think Tank, released in 2003.

Guitarist Graham Coxon left the band during the recording of that album but returned for a set of reunion gigs last year, which did much to whet appetites for new material.

Albarn said of the success of the recent release: "It was nice to know it made a difference.

"I heard Rough Trade in Brick Lane usually makes £6,000 in a Saturday and it made 60 grand on that Saturday.

"That's the reason why I thought I'd take a big risk and go back in the studio, but it was great."