October 4, 2011 21:20
Murdoc: 'End is nigh for Gorillaz'
Cryptic message hints Damon Albarn's animated band could be coming to an end
A message posted on the animated musician's Twitter page simply reads: 'Gorillaz are TEN. Ten years old, eh? T.E.N. What’s that stand for? The End is Nigh…!'
Earlier in the evening, another message read: 'Something special has just floated up on my island. A small toy trumpet to herald a big announcement. Think I’ll be blowing that tomorrow.'
There's little more to go on, but with brains of the project Damon Albarn announcing the reformation of another his side-projects The Good, The Bad & The Queen for a one-off show, and a solo album pencilled in for next year, it's hard to know where Gorillaz fits in his future plans.
The former Blur frontman said in September: "I'd like to do a record with my own name on it. That's the next one I want to make. I don't know if I could bear to start a band from scratch again."
In the interview with Q Magazine, he even said he'd come up with the concept for his solo project.
I don't know what kind of record it will be but I've got an idea about a club that no one goes to, so maybe it will be my 'empty club culture' record.
Albarn is also expected to be involved in the 2012 London Olympics too, after floating the idea of a concert to tie in with the Games coming to the UK, while he's also just released 'Kinshasa One Two', recorded in the Democratic Republic Of Congo with numerous collaborators including Gorillaz and Kasabian producer Dan The Automator, vocalist Marc Antoine and multi-instrumentalist Kwes.
Gorillaz started life in 1998, and saw Albarn work with then-flatmate and artist Jamie Hewlett on an animated band.
They have released four albums, headlined Glastonbury in 2010, and worked with singers including Shaun Ryder, Mark E Smith, Mos Def, De La Soul and Snoop Dogg.
Expect more news from NME.com as we get it.
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