Portishead’s Geoff Barrow to release Judge Dredd album

Barrow teams up with Emmy award winning composer

Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow is set to release a new album based on 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd comic.

Barrow has teamed up with composer Ben Salisbury to record the album inspired by Mega-City One, ‘Judge Dredd’s’ sprawling, futuristic home town, which serves as the backdrop for the graphic novel series.

The album’s title, ‘Drokk’, is taken from the comic and is an all-purpose swear word used by the citizens of Mega-City One.


Written and recorded over a six-month period, the album, due out on May 8, is said not to be a “definitive sound of the vast city, but rather as the duo’s personal, outsider’s interpretation”.

On the recording of the album, Judge Dredd publishers, 2000 AD, said:

We are delighted that Judge Dredd continues to inspire artists in the year of the character’s 35th anniversary, especially such high profile talents as Geoff and Ben.

Earlier this week (March 8), Geoff Barrow revealed that Portishead were planning to record a fourth album – the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Third’.

Barrow told The Quietus: “We’ve been getting together recently and talking about lots of stuff. There’s definitely going to be another record, we’re just going to get on it as soon as my studio gets working.”

Geoff Barrow will also release the soundtrack to last year’s indie hit Drive on vinyl, through his Invada Records label on May 21.