Guitar legend Graham Coxon is delighted to be part of new supergroup The Jaded Hearts Club – because it reminds him of the good times in Blur.
Graham is part of the band with Muse singer Matt Bellamy, Miles Kane, Jet vocalist Nic Cester and The Zutons drummer Sean Payne.
They’ve combined on new soul covers album, You’ve Always Been Here – out Thursday, and Graham told me: “I’d missed being in a band.
“It’s not too dissimilar to being in Blur, because you quickly figure out we’re all types: bass players, drummers and singers are all essentially the same people.
“Us guitar players are all flaky b****** and unsociable gits!”
The Jaded Hearts Club have so far played one-off small venues – which is more nerve-wracking for Graham than headlining festivals in his old band: “I find playing live quite frightening, especially when I’d been out of practice.
“Obviously in lockdown, concerts aren’t the first thing I think about, but I miss the fun bits of being on stage and I can’t wait until we do that again.”
Matt Bellamy produced the album at his home studio in Los Angeles.
Miles explained: “Matt is superhuman…he was taking a year off Muse.
“With me, time off means watching Masterchef and getting better at playing Fifa.
“Not Matt – he’s produced our album, got married and had a kid!
“He helped keep it fun, suggesting which songs I should sing and which Nic would be better at and letting us experiment.
“None of us need to do this band. We’re doing it because it’s as fun as all bands should be, with no egos.”
Jaded Hearts started out as a Beatles covers band and Paul McCartney joined them onstage at their third gig, when they played at an event for Stella McCartney’s fashion brand.
“Having Paul McCartney join us on stage made us think we must be on to something and that maybe we should carry on!
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“Everyone’s faces after that show were hilarious, as we were all grinning massively like total fanboys.
“The Jaded Hearts Club is a club – we’d like more cool musicians to pop by, and if Paul wanted to do it again I’m sure he’d be welcome.”
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