Damon Albarn has told the Sydney Morning Herald that a new album by his side-project The Good, The Bad & The Queen is fully written, and that he is in the process of bringing Gorillaz back to life too.
Albarn’s band – which also features The Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve guitarist Simon Tong and drummer Tony Allen – were last seen performing two gigs in London in November 2011. The group’s self-titled debut album was released in 2007.
Albarn also spoke to the Morning Herald about the future of Blur. He said: “I would imagine there’s some kind of future, but at the moment there’s no time for the future – only the present. Who knows? I’m reluctant to say anything, because if I do, it just gets taken out of context and then I’m accused of being a wind-up.”
‘Everyday Robots’, Albarn’s debut solo album, is in the running for this year’s Mercury Prize. He plays a one-off solo show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 15.
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees are:
Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’
Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’
Kate Tempest – ‘Everybody Down’
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’
Nick Mulvey – ‘First Mind’
FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’
Jungle – ‘Jungle’
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’
Young Fathers – ‘Dead’
Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’
GoGo Penguin – ‘v2.0’