Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s band released their fifth album ‘Humanz’ last April, their first record in six years. Hewlett recently confirmed that they would follow it up with another record in 2018.
Now, at a show in Santiago, Chile on March 20, Albarn and co debuted ‘Hollywood’, which the frontman confirmed would appear on their forthcoming LP.
One of the collaborators on the song wasn’t present at the show, but Albarn challenged fans to “see if you can work out who it is”. It appears that Albarn was referring to a Snoop Dogg guest verse.
Albarn also teased that their new album would be released “very soon”. He told the crowd: “If you go and tell anyone that we’re putting a new album out very soon then I’ll deny it because I didn’t say that, alright?”
Watch Gorillaz perform ‘Hollywood’ below:
Albarn recently discussed the track in an interview with Billboard, revealing that ‘Hollywood’ was actually recorded in Hollywood.
Gorillaz also played a new song last year called ‘Idaho’, which – as you might guess – was written in Idaho. See a live performance of that track beneath.
Confirming that they were working on a new album, Hewlett said in December: “We’re going straight into the album with no break. Usually we have a good five-year break between each album but we decided: ‘You know what? Let’s keep going’ because there’s ideas for a few more albums so we’re going to go straight into that. That’s will be all of next year and probably the year beyond that.”
At the Brit Awards in February, Damon Albarn took aim at Brexit as Gorillaz won Best British Group.
Accepting the award, Blur frontman Albarn said: “I’ve got one thing to say and it’s about this country. This country is, believe it or not, quite a small, little thing but it’s a lovely place, and it’s part of a beautiful world.”
“Don’t let it become isolated,” he added, “don’t let yourselves become cut off. Considering our size, we do some incredible things in music. We got a real spirit and a real soul. Don’t let politics get in the way of that shit.”