Blur will record a new album when they have finished touring.

The 'Song 2' band are planning to follow up 2003's 'Think Tank' after their current run of shows across the world have finished.

JAMIE HEWLETT, who collaborates with frontman Damon Albarn on their Gorillaz project, confirmed the band's plans when explaining why there will be a long wait for another album from his group.

He told fan site ''There's a five- year gap between the albums because they take a long time to do and they're very exhausting and when you're finished you feel like you need to go do other stuff.

''So Damon's touring with Blur - he's doing a world tour with Blur at the moment and then they're working on a new album so there isn't really time for him, and I'm doing other stuff as well. So I think we'll come back to it when the time's right.''

Blur have previously said they were planning a week in the studio after some of their tour dates were cancelled.

Speaking at a concert in Hong Kong in May, Damon said: ''We were supposed to play in Taiwan and Japan next week, but due to unforeseen circumstances we weren't able to go there. So we have a week in Hong Kong, so we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record.''

Blur also includes bass player Alex James, drummer Dave Rowntree and guitarist Graham Coxon, although he sat out the 'Think Tank' sessions and tour in 2003 and 2004.

The band then went on hiatus but reunited in 2008 and started playing live in 2009. The band released two tracks, 'The Puritan' and 'Under the Westway', last year.