There are some bands that have been real game changers. Some by their new sound, their aesthetics, their proposal or even their lyrics. But few have trespassed dimensional features as Gorillaz did.
As the animated band composed by 2D, Murdoc, Noodles, and Russel really are one of a kind band. Especially since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett as the musical geniuses behind them. The band has been a hit since they ever came out, being the only problem their touring until a few years ago. But now Gorillaz are back, upgraded, faster and with a new album called “Humanz.”
Albarn and Hewlett revealed in December of the past year, through Instagram, that new Gorillaz material was on its way. The album’s name was revealed through the same social media, posting one letter of the name at the time.
Also, revealing the date of the album’s release, April 28, and an upgrade on the artwork of the cartoony band members. Being the updated Noodles the artwork for the new album. Besides that, the band also released a 6-minute long animated short for “Saturnz Barz.” Which contains sneak peeks of three other songs of the album (“Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power.”)
New Gorillaz music
The album features 14 songs, but the deluxe version of the album will contain five bonus tracks. Also, the record will count with tons of guest artists, some of them are Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, De La Soul, Pusha T, Popcaan, Vince Staples, Kelela, and D.R.A.M. along many others. The sound of the album has been described by Albarn as different, dark, faster and with a “party and club record” feel. As both Albarn and Hewett wanted to do something different.
The concept of the album is about change itself: “The album kind of came from this dark fantasy. Just imagine, the weirdest, most unpredictable thing that changes everything in the world. How would you feel on that night? Would you go and get drunk? Would you stay at home? Just watch TV? Would you talk to people?” Albarn said.
Demon Dayz touring.
Gorillaz hasn’t lost a minute since “Humanz” was announced. As they’ve already booked a secret show at London on March 24th. Also, the band is set to take 2017 by storm as they’re planning to tour their new album.
Also, their first live date has been confirmed as they will play on their own festival called Demon Dayz festival. That will take place at the amusement park Margate’s Dreamland on June 10, being them the only artist on the lineup.