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09 December 2022

Gorillaz Share New Song, Announce AR Events: Watch

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Gorillaz have shared a new song, Skinny Ape, along with news of augmented reality performances taking place in New York and London next weekend. Check out the new track and a trailer for the AR shows below.

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The immersive shows will bring giant avatars of the cartoon band to Times Square, NY (2:30 pm Eastern Time on 17 December) and Piccadilly Circus, London (2 pm GMT on 18 December) to perform the new track.

Gorillaz bassist Murdoc said in a press release, “To all our followers, get ready for the biggest Times Square takeover since that other gorilla smashed the place up. Bigger in fact cos there’s four of us.”

The AR performances will be directed by Gorillaz cocreator Jamie Hewlett and Fx Goby, and created by Nexus Studios using Google’s AR tech.

Skinny Ape will appear on Cracker Island, the next Gorillaz album, due out on 24 February 2023. Guests include Bad Bunny, Stevie Nicks, and Beck.

A band statement about the new album reads: “Originally based at Kong Studios in West London, the group of musical misfits – Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D – have relocated to Silverlake, California as they recruit new members to join The Last Cult in search of the one truth to fix the world. Reports from the Golden State indicate that Murdoc is in love with the lady next door. Russel is glued to the TV. Noodle is compiling a handbook of wisdom and knowledge. And 2D is busy being 2D.”

Guitarist Noodle said of the new record: “Cracker Island is the sound of change and the chorus of the collective.” Drummer Russel added: “When the reckoning comes, gotta be ready to step through the gateway. Cracker Island’s got the entry codes…”

Singer 2D added: “The path to Cracker Island isn’t easy to find ‘cos it’s underwater”, while bassist Murdoc added: “The hallowed tones of Cracker Island will soundtrack our collective ascension into the new dimension! JOIN ME!”

In other Damon Albarn news, his old band Blur have recently been announcing their much-anticiapted 2023 reunion dates including shows at Hyde Park and Primavera 2023.

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