Gorillaz have posted a mysterious photo on their Twitter account, with text reading ‘The_End’ with the words “Until next time” below.
There’s been a flurry of activity on the band’s social media accounts in the last few hours, prompting fans to get giddy at the prospect a major announcement is coming very soon.
The as-yet-untitled new album was previously reported to be released later this year but according to to collaborator and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, the record won’t be out until next year.
Hewlett provided the update to Gorillaz fan page GorillazNorthAmerica, stating that the “really fuckin special” album “can’t be rushed”.
Until next time… ? pic.twitter.com/k0rCIj5wV4
— gorillaz (@gorillaz) September 20, 2016
The Instagram post continued, “2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year.”
Today, the group appear to be tracing their history. ‘Tomorrow Comes Today’ was the first taste fans had of the project back in November 2000, and in the following posts the group have continued to revisit their history on Twitter and Instagram.
Speaking of the new Gorillaz album in 2015, Damon Albarn said, “So far, it’s really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy. I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”
Last month, Vic Mensa was pictured in the studio with Albarn. Producer Remi Kabaka, a frequent Gorillaz collaborator who provides the voice of fictional band member Russel Hobbs, shared a photo of Mensa in the studio on Instagram (May 17).