May 10, 2017


Gorillaz Already 'Have to Get Started' on the Next Album

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Joseph Okpako/WireImage

Gorillaz spent seven years away before returning with Humanz, and thankfully it sounds like the wait won't be so epic next time. Speaking to Channel 4 (via Stereogum), Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlitt broke down why it takes so long, but also noted that "we have to get started on the next one." Makes sense, with Albarn recently saying the band have 40 more partially finished songs.

Albarn told Channel 4 that one reason they take their time is to allow for new technology to push the virtual band forward, seeing as "the whole thing about Gorillaz is that cutting edge between music and technology." Hewlitt said putting records together is "quite exhausting." 

But, Hewlitt went on:

"We’re already talking about the next album, so there might not be a gap this time. ... It starts with one idea. Like, there’s a conversation one night, you have one idea, a sentence, and that is the basis for a whole album. And then we never talk again until it’s finished. And we had that one idea again the other night. So we have to get started on the next one."

Earlier this week, Gorillaz announced the lineup for their debut festival, the British amusement park–set Demon Dayz, which will feature Danny Brown, Little Simz, De La Soul, Gorillaz Sound System and more.

Next, read what we experienced at the group's Spirit House pop-up experience in Brooklyn, and watch Damon Albarn hype up new Gorillaz music in a Bonnaroo interview from way back in 2014: