Damon Albarn confirms the new Good, Bad & The Queen album is “pretty much” finished

"I think it’s a strong record, a strong taste."

Damon Albarn has provided an update on the next album from The Good, The Bad & The Queen – and it’s very positive.

Earlier this year, the Britpop icon confirmed that the supergroup will release another album this year, after he teamed up with legendary drummer Tony Allen, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, and The Verve’s Simon Tong for their 2007 debut.

Although remaining teasingly vague, Damon has confirmed that the record has a “strong taste” – and it’s not too far away.

Speaking to Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, he said: “It’s the same band, and it’s finished pretty much. I think it’s a strong record, a strong taste. We worked with Tony Visconti on this. The last month or so it’s been Simon and myself just going through, Steve mixing, editing and changing bits. Really detailed.”

David Bowie‘s producer Tony Visconti was confirmed to have joined the band last year. Visconti previously has said the group’s second album would be released in 2018.

 

The same interview saw Damon confirming the injuries suffered by rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, after he fell off stage at Roskilde Festival last week.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, Albarn said: “Del is in hospital still in Roskilde. He’s got seven fractured ribs and he punctured his lung on one side, lacerated it on the other. He’s gonna be fine. It was just a stage fall, and I’ve fallen off stage several times, off stages way higher than that and I’ve been so fortunate.”