Damon Albarn recently revived his Gorillaz project for a new album, and it seems that the Good, The Bad & The Queen, his supergroup with the Clash’s Paul Simonon, the Verve’s Simon Tong, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, is up next. We’ve been hearing about the possibility for years — he said the record was completely written way back in October 2014 — but in a new interview with Zane Lowe, as NME reports, the Blur frontman offered another update.
“I’ve been recording the Good, The Bad & The Queen album,” Albarn told Lowe today. “I’ve been working with Tony Visconti. He’s responsible for some of my favourite records, so that’s been really enlightening and inspirational. It’s an ode to the North of England, bizarrely. It’s sort of set in Blackpool, between Starr Gate and [historic pub] Uncle Tom’s Cabin, if you want to be geographically precise. We’ve got pretty much all the songs and recorded all the backing tracks but I’m just emoting over it at the moment. I can hear what I’m saying kind of, a bit, but it’s still a bit unintelligible.”
In our recent cover story on Gorillaz, Albarn told us that the upcoming the Good, The Bad & The Queen album would be his first “post-Brexit commentary” and sounded kind of like “an Afro-soul Parklife, if that’s possible.”