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Dave Rowntree shares new track ‘Tape Measure’

The latest effort to emerge from Rowntree's debut solo album 'Radio Songs'

By Nick Reilly

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Dave Rowntree has shared new track ‘Tape Measure’, the latest to emerge from his anticipated solo album ‘Radio Songs’.

Rowntree’s debut record arrives on January 23 via Cooking Vinyl, marking an entirely new chapter for the sticksman some 32 years after Blur originally formed.

While he shared his first solo single ‘London Bridge’ in July and follow-up ‘Devil’s Island’ in September, the latest offering sees him deliver a glitchy track that ruminates on “anxiety – an unpleasant emotion of inner turmoil and dread.”

“We’re fundamentally herd animals, whose main defensive tactic is running away and hiding,” he said. “We’ve no sharp claws or teeth to fight with. So we’re over sensitised to danger.

“We see shapes in the shadows, faces in the fire. Disaster always lurks on the grey edges of our consciousness. On the upside, come the zombie apocalypse, we anxious people will already be in hiding, leaving all you smug normies to have your brains eaten.”

You can listen to the track in full below.

Elsewhere, it was confirmed last week that Blur will join forces again next summer to play a huge show at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The Britpop icons – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Rowntree – will play the 90,000 capacity stadium on July 8 & 9, supported by a line-up that includes the likes of Slowthai, Jockstrap and Self Esteem.

While the group have not performed since 2015, they have been busy as solo artists. As well as Rowntree’s solo work, Damon Albarn has continued with Gorillaz and his own solo material, while Graham Coxon has teamed up with Rose Elinor Dougall for new project The Waeve.