The Good, The Bad And The Queen – “Herculean”
With a line-up comprising Damon Albarn, Simon Tong, ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Fela Kuti-drummer Tony Allen, and a record produced by the ubiquitous Danger Mouse, the world’s expecting a lot from this “story.” Judging by this first single, the world is gonna get alot, too.
Damon is still partial to his “Feel Good” vocal effect, and the track definitely is informed by his Demon days with Danger, but everything from Allen’s deep pocket to the haunting and hypnotic backdrop make this song a sure shot. Sounds to us like someone is making himself into one of this generation’s most undeniable and enduring talents.
TGTB&TQ have a trio of warm-up gigs in the UK, leading up to their 10/26 performance of their entire record as part of the BBC Electric Proms season. That is one gig for which we’d surely fly, with or without carry-on liquids.
The Good, The Bad And The Queen is out 1/07.