Damon Albarn confirms a new ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’ album will be released before the end of the year

The band last released an album in 2007

Damon Albarn has confirmed that The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s will release a new album before the end of the year.

The release will be the first follow up to their 2007 self-titled, critically acclaimed debut.

The band are a supergroup made up of Blur and Gorillaz frontman Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

After a ‘secret split’, the band briefly reformed for a Love Music Hate Racism gig, but haven’t played together live now since 2011.

This week, speaking to Consequence of Sound, Albarn said their second album will be out by the end of the year.

Last year, Albarn revealed that he was working on the album with acclaimed producer Tony Visconti, who worked with David Bowie from 1969 up until his last record, ‘Blackstar’ in 2016.

Earlier this year, Visconti gave an update on the progress of the long-awaited new album:“In the middle of 2017, I started working with Damon Albarn,” he told The Irish Times.

“We’re about two thirds of the way through and taking a break, as Damon is off on a Gorillaz tour, but we will resume in April and it will be probably be out before next Christmas,” he revealed.

The producer also said that the album was inspired by the North of England.

Speaking to Consequence of Sound Albarn added: “I’m on tour in Europe doing festivals, but I’m coming home in between them [to finish the record].

I’m working all weekend doing festivals and then come home Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday — that should be a weekend. But because I’ve stupidly started and want to make this record right, I don’t have any weekends.”

In what’s been a busy year with the release of Gorillaz latest, ‘The Now Now’, Albarn joked that he didn’t want people to think he was putting too much music out.

“What I would really like never to do is for people to get sick of me, because I was putting out too much stuff. If that ever happens, like you do to elderly relatives, put your arm around me and wheel me off please.”