Damon Albarn has said that it may be 10 years before we hear another Gorillaz album.
People travel the immense distance to Patagonia for all manner of reasons: its jagged glacial peaks, untouched rivers and trekking on the scale that made travel writer Bruce Chatwin describe it as “the uttermost part of the earth”. Very few, it’s fair to assume, travel to South America’s southern frontier to interview the guitarist from one of the biggest bands in the world. But that’s where DJ Mag currently is. Though, it isn’t presently as grand as it might sound, as we sit waiting patiently in a corner of the Wake Up Café in Punta Arenas.
Noodle is in Patagonia to try to find the man that her long-time Gorillaz bandmate, bassist Murdoc Niccals, claims framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. It isn’t exactly clear how long Murdoc has been incarcerated at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs for, but he was last seen in public making a call from prison at this year’s Brit Awards. Since then a Change.org petition has accumulated almost 10,000 signatures, whilst #FreeMurdoc has seen a barrage of activity on Twitter.
With Murdoc incarcerated, the ‘The Now Now’ was recorded with Ace from Powerpuff Girls on bass. So how did that impact the dynamic of the band? “Ace is an old friend of Murdoc’s,” Noodle says, looking up to make a knowing eye contact. “So, of course, you’re not going to trust someone who calls Murdoc his friend. But we realised quickly that he’s not so bad after all. We’re friends now, everyone likes having him around.”
“It’s about the now... NOW!” Noodle enthuses talking about the album. “The current political climate reminds me that we must stick together and be the light in the dark.”
Born in Osaka, Japan, as a child Noodle was the subject of a classified Japanese super soldier project, before being shipped over to the UK in a crate almost 20 years ago. When she arrived at the doorstep of Kong Studios, Essex in 1998 she quickly replaced Gorillaz first guitarist, Paula Cracker. Could you imagine at that stage you’d ever go on to tour the world as one of the biggest bands on the planet?
Noodle is only in Patagonia for two more weeks before the relentless Gorillaz schedule kicks back into gear. She won’t be drawn on how Murdoc's incarceration has impacted the band, but what is certain is that Gorillaz touring recommences in North America in October, as the band play a run of shows that build up to the first edition of their Demon Dayz festival in the U.S.
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Gorillaz, Peggy Gou, Young Fathers and Bob Moses are among the artists featured in the forthcoming Fifa 19 video game soundtrack.
Set for release on 28th September, this year’s edition of annual EA Sports football game boasts an extensive, genre-spanning soundtrack that can be listened to in full below via a Spotify playlist.
The ever prolific Damon Albarn has revealed that there is a new Gorillaz in the works.
After releasing the second Gorillaz album to come out in the the space year, 'The Now Now', in June, the Blur icon has now revealed there is yet another LP in the pipeline.
Appearing on the Radio FM4 podcast, Albarn said: "I have another one as well, but I know I’m not gonna be allowed to even think about recording or putting it out this year.”
Gorillaz have shared their sixth studio album, ‘The Now Now’, via Parlophone Records. You van listen to it in full below.
Last Sunday (24th June), Gorillaz performed the album in full as a Boiler Room live stream.
Gorillaz have performed their forthcoming new album, 'The Now Now', in full in Tokyo. You can watch the audio-visual show below.
Gorillaz performed their sixth album as a Boiler Room live stream.
Gorillaz have shared a new collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle called ‘Hollywood’. Listen to the track below.
Highlighted as the Hottest Record on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, the track is featured on the upcoming Gorillaz album ‘The Now Now’. ‘Hollywood’ is the last song from the album to be made available prior to its release next week (Friday, 29th June).
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Gorillaz will debut their new album, 'The Now Now', live from Tokyo during a Boiler Room stream this weekend.
The announcement came on Twitter yesterday, with the performance set to be aired on Sunday 24th June, and the news follows several singles that have been unveiled in the run up to the long-player being ready— most recently 'Fire Flies', which closely followed 'Sorcererz'.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's iconic cartoon band Gorillaz have dropped another new track from their forthcoming album ‘The Now Now’.
‘Sorcererz’ is the third tune to be released from the record, coming after jaunty indie-rock number ‘Humility’ and house-flavoured instrumental ‘Lake Zurich’.