Gorillaz collaborator and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett has revealed that the band’s fifth album will be released in 2017.
The as-yet-untitled record was originally thought to be released later this year, but Hewlett told fan page GorillazNorthAmerica that it will now come next year. They shared the information in an Instagram post over the weekend, which you can see below.
The post claimed, “Jamie says new Gorillaz is special, really f****n special. Can't be rushed. 2017, yo. F**k. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year.”
Speaking about the album last year, frontman Damon Albarn said, “So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy. I've been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”
Vic Mensa is also thought to have collaborated on the album, after producer Remi Kabaka, who provides the voice for fictional band character Russel Hobbs, shared a picture of him in the studio last month (May).
WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can't be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And....Jamie follows us. So....you got something to say to him and don't wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. #JamieHewlett #JamieSaid #ThoseWords #FuckinAye #Gorillaz #Gorillaz2017 #ThisIsNotOurFace #WeTookThePic #HalfOfUsWasThere #OtherHalfInMontreal #Explanations #DidWeMention #JamieWasMadCool #Animated #Friendly #GangstaToo #HisShow #HisArt #SoCool #Go #IfYouCan
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