Everyone’s favourite cartoon gorilla collective, Gorillaz, are back in the studio, hopefully to make us feel good again like they did back in 2005 with Feel Good Inc.
Back when I was a little 10-year-old boy I can vividly remember being dragged around a HMV store as my mum looked through albums and what not. At this time in my life I hadn’t really developed a ‘taste’ for music, I just loved watching cartoons and playing Crash Bandicoot. So you can imagine my astonishment when I stumbled across Gorillaz’ second album, Demon Days. I pleaded my mum to get it me telling her it wouldn’t be a waste of money, and indeed, I was correct, it wasn’t. Since then I have adored Gorillaz and anything they have released.
2016 sees the virtual band – created by Blur’s Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett – back with a fifth album, and I am terribly excited. It’s been an entire six years since they released their last album, The Fall. And although this opened up a vacancy in Albarn’s busy schedule to produce another Blur album – which also went down a treat – it’s time for Gorillaz to return.
When I was 15 I also remember watching Gorillaz play Glastonbury and thinking it was the best thing ever, and who my age didn’t think the same? A cartoon band playing in front of that many people!
With the news of a new album also comes the expectancy of a tour. I will definitely be forcing my cash in the direction of anyone selling a Gorillaz ticket, even if that means having to chase them round the festival circuit – Glastonbury 2017 maybe? Yes please!
So there’s a bit of trivia for you as to why you should be more than excited about the next Gorillaz album. They are a band like no other and officially the world’s most successful virtual band according to the Guinness World Book of Records.
I cannot wait!