Blur have never wanted to be the ''biggest band in the world''.

The 'Girls and Boys' hitmakers - who released their first album since 2003, 'The Magic Whip', earlier this year - think they have been able to continue working together for so long because they never experienced enough success to become ''weird''.

Frontman Damon Albarn said: ''We never became so big and bloated that something weird happened.

''We've always maintained our relationship. I don't think we've ever really been motivated by being the biggest band in the world.''

The quartet - Damon, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree - think life on the road is much more chilled out now than the early days of their career, over 20 years ago.

Graham told GQ magazine: ''I wouldn't say everyone has grown up a lot, but everyone is more laid-back about things. We don't feel too much under pressure.''

Alex recently admitted he is interested in making a new Blur album.

He said: ''Oof give it a while. I'm up for it but ... That relationship we have of being able to make music together so easily, that's been there right since our first rehearsal that we wrote our first single at, is a really nice thing to be able to tap into.''