“Have you considered the consequences of getting into bed with Jacob Rees-Mogg?”
Damon Albarn asks the provocative question in the latest edition of The Big Issue, during an interview alongside bandmate Paul Simonon from supergroup The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
The duo talk Brexit, Britishness, identity and youth rebellion. Referring his question to people in the north of England, Albarn continues: “Do you really want to ally yourself with such extreme views?
“These people are highly privileged, disconnected entirely with your existence. But you are giving them fuel. This is the most devastating thing, emotionally and politically, about Brexit – the license it has given to extremism.”
The Good, The Bad & The Queen are Blur singer Albarn, former Clash bass player Simonon plus legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and Simon Tong from The Verve. They took time out from preparations for a busy summer of festival shows to welcome The Big Issue to their rehearsal rooms in West London recently.
As well as an in-depth interview, they also allowed us to film them as they rehearsed songs from their second LP Merrie Land. The video is available to readers of the magazine as exclusive Augmented Reality content.