Grammy award winning artist and virtual band Gorillaz broke at alternative radio back in 2001 with “Clint Eastwood“. Jamie Hewlett, one of the group confirmed that we can expect new music in 2016. The other half, Damon Albarn is also on board.
After posting images of the Murdoc and Noodle, two of the band’s four fictitious members this year on his Instagram, Hewlett has finally come clean to DIY.
What I try not to do when I’m working in this creative period, the cooking of the mess, is go to other peoples’ exhibitions and look at other peoples’ work. I close my eyes, and don’t want to know what anyone else is doing. Doing that has kind of ruined the creative process for me in the past, and I don’t want to let that happen again.
While no dates were given for release, we’ll keep you posted.
The new releases would be the virtual band’s first since Plastic Beach and The Fall back in 2010.
Enjoy some of their most incredible music video work below.
Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.
The band consists of four animated members: 2D (lead vocals, keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). These members are completely fictional and are not personas of any “real life” musicians involved in the project
Their fictional universe is explored through the band’s website and music videos, as well as a number of other media, such as short cartoons. The music is a collaboration between various musicians, with Albarn being the only permanent musical contributor. Writers and critics have described their music as alternative rock, Britpop, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, indie, dub, reggae and pop.
The band’s 2001 debut album Gorillaz sold over seven million copies and earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001, but the nomination was later withdrawn at the band’s request.
Their second studio album, Demon Days, released in 2005, went five times platinum in the UK, double platinum in the US, earned five Grammy Award nominations for 2006 and won one of them in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.
The band has won numerous other awards, including two MTV Video Music Awards, an NME Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards, and have been nominated for nine Brit Awards.
The combined sales of the Gorillaz and Demon Days albums had exceeded 15 million by 2007.
The band’s third studio album, Plastic Beach, was released in March 2010.
Their latest album, The Fall, was released in December 2010 as a free download for fan club members, then in April 2011 as a physical release.
There are plans for new music to be released in 2016.