Damon Albarn's creation gives thoughts on eternal indie music questions
Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s cartoon band are expected to release their fifth album shortly. Their first record since 2011’s ‘The Fall’ was originally due for release this year, but now looks set to drop next year after animator Hewlett said it was “really fuckin’ special” and “can’t be rushed”.
Previously, Gorillaz drummer Russel Hobbs gave a rare interview about the band’s new album. Now Murdoc has had a similar chat with Noisey, although he refuses to talk about new music.
In the interview, Murdoc is asked whether he prefers Oasis or Blur, opting for the Gallagher brothers (amusing considering it may have been Albarn who came up with the answers). He also chooses The Beatles over the Stones.
The interview reveals that since their last record, Murdoc has been stranded on Plastic Beach, “surviving, just about, with nobody but the cyborg version of Noodle for company”. After the island was besieged by pirates, Murdoc was rescued by major label EMI only to be imprisoned beneath Abbey Road.
After committing to release another Gorillaz album, Murdoc has spoken to Noisey about Brexit and his love for Ringo Starr. Asked about the EU referendum, he says: “Why would I leave somewhere so great? Did you know Lithuania ranked number one in the world for internet upload and download speeds? Imagine what you could stream with that.”
Asked who is the greatest living musician, he replies: “Me. But credit where it’s due, for sheer versatility and staying power, I’d have to give a nod to Ringo Starr. While everyone else was coked out of their minds in the eighties, he did his career’s finest work on Thomas the Tank Engine.”
Read the full interview here.