Gorillaz returned last year with their first new album in six years, ‘Humanz’. We were well into it, but fans were divided. Some lauded the new direction, but others were left a bit sour and disappointed. It’s a good job that they’ve got a new one coming out in June, then, isn’t it?
Here’s what we know about the new Gorillaz album, from release date to guests and tour dates.
What is the title of the new Gorillaz album?
According to this website and some teasers seen at London’s All Points East Festival this past weekend – it’s called ‘The Now Now’.
When is the new Gorillaz album released?
The same website suggests that the album will drop June 29. The first two songs from it – ‘Humility’ and ‘Lake Zurich’ – were released on Thursday (May 30). These were followed by ‘Fire Flies’ on June 14.
What do we know about the new Gorillaz album?
Damon and Jamie have been teasing this album ever since they released ‘Humanz’ last year. In September, Albarn said he wanted to “surprise release” the next album. “If we’re going to do more with Gorillaz we don’t want to wait seven years because, y’know, we’re getting on a bit now,” he told Q last year.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Albarn revealed that there aren’t many guests on this album. “No, there’s not really any” he said to Lowe. “I wrote most of it on tour, like in America so…I mean, Snoop’s on it because we were in LA and Jamie because he was on the tour and then I just sort of randomly thought of George Benson, and that’s it really, there’s nothing else.” He also revealed that “it’s pretty much just me singing” and that James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Florence + The Machine) has produced the album.
Do we know any of the tracklist?
Since Gorillaz released ‘Humanz’, the band have played a pair of new songs live. ‘Garage Palace’, a single with Little Simz and ‘Hollywood’ a collaboration with Snoop Dogg. The latter features on ‘The Now Now’. See the full tracklist below:
‘Hollywood’ (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)
The band recently played the songs ‘Tranz,’ ‘Magic City’, ‘Sorcererz’, and ‘Souk Eye’ live at the Nürnberg leg of Rock im Park. Watch in the videos below.
It has been revealed that ‘Humilty’ is track one on the album, and ‘Lake Zurich’, track seven – as seen on Reddit.
Are Gorillaz touring this year?
Yeah! Here’s all their confirmed dates for 2018.
Rock Im Park, Germany (June 1-3)
Malahide Castle Dublin, Ireland (June 9)
Sónar Festival, Spain (June 14-17)
Makuhari Messe – 千葉幕張メッセ Chiba, Japan (June 21)
Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark (June 30 – Jul 7)
Rock Werchter, Belgium (July 5 – 8)
Lucca Summer Festival 2018, Italy (July 7 – 25)
Gurtenfestival 2018, Switzerland (Jul 11- 14)
Bilbao BBK, Spain (July 12 – 14)
Vieilles Charrues 2018, France (July 19 – 22)
Lollapalooza Paris, France (July 21 -22)
U-Park Festival, Ukraine (July 25 – 26)
Park Live Festival, Russia (July 27 – 29)
Sziget Festival, Hungary (Aug 8 – 15)
BoomTown Fair, UK (Aug 9 – 12)
FM4 Frequency Festival, Austria (Aug 16 – 19)
Lowlands Festival, Netherlands (Aug 17 – 19)
Toronto, Air Canada Centre (October 8)
Montreal, Bell Centre (9)
Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center (11)
New York, Barclays Center (13)
Boston, TD Garden (14)
Chicago, United Center (16)
Los Angeles, Demon Dayz Festival (20)
Have we seen the artwork?
Hewlett is known to share drawings of the band on his Instagram all year long, but the last month has seen a series of connected images. See below, and the image seen on the website that teased the release below.
Stay tuned to NME for more details on the new Gorillaz album