En­ter­tain­ing every­day robots

Ever with an eye on the fu­ture of mu­sic, Damon Al­barn plays a gig for some an­droids

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - EMILY LONG­WORTH

Damon Al­barn per­formed his track Every­day Robots to a se­lect au­di­ence that in­cluded an­droids in Tokyo re­cently, in a prob­a­ble bid to se­cure their favour for when man even­tu­ally gets re­placed by ma­chine.

Fi­nally the score of Brit­pop dis­putes has been set­tled. In your ana­logue faces, Oa­sis – you didn’t think of robots, and fu­ture-think is an ap­proach that, th­ese days, al­ways wins wide­spread ap­proval. If Noel Gal­lagher could only have mar­keted his disgruntled mu­si­cian­ship in hover form, he could have had it so much bet­ter.

This comes just two months after Al­barn and the boys col­lec­tively gave up on there ever be­ing another Blur al­bum. While statis­ti­cians con­tinue to ar­gue over how many times the towel has been thrown in on the band, robots glob­ally are be­ing trained how to stand-off­ishly wear Fila jack­ets and drink pints.

Re­ports that Blur’s 2013 record­ing ses­sions broke down over an awk­ward stu­dio com­mute and the weather be­ing ‘a bit hot’ are suit­ably mid­dle-aged enough to be be­lieved. This al­lowed the oddly over­grown four-piece to re­turn to their has-been agen­das. Dave Rown­tree is still a solic­i­tor and ra­dio DJ, Alex James is still pur­su­ing his life­long am­bi­tion to out-do Jonny Green­wood’s fringe, and Gra­ham Coxen is still de­tached, dis­agree­able and cold (even to­wards his fans, and prob­a­bly even to­wards his own mother).

Damon Al­barn, mean­while is right now work­ing on a bi­nary al­bum of ze­ros and ones. He will un­doubt­edly con­tinue on his path of propos­ing re­unions and im­me­di­ately dis­band­ing them be­fore even­tu­ally re­plac­ing ev­ery­one but him­self with an an­droid, even you.

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