Damon Albarn + Flea + Tony Allen = Rocketjuice And The Moon

For a while now, the busy Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has been talking about one of his latest projects, a new band that also features Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms For Peace bassist Flea and Tony Allen, the legendary Afrobeat drummer who previously worked with Albarn in The Good, The Bad And The Queen. Well, now that band has a perfectly sensible name: Rocketjuice And The Moon.

Talking to The Irish Times, Albarn claims that this unlikely crew has recorded an album, and he explains the genesis of its name: “Someone in Lagos did the sleeve design, and that’s the name he gave it, which suits me because trying to find a name for another band is always tricky.”

At the moment, all three guys are planning to take part in an upcoming Honest Jon’s Chop-Up tour, a live revue that will also feature people like house producer Theo Parrish, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and Sun Ra Arkestra trumpet player Phil Cohran.

Weird thing about Damon Albarn: When he has goofy ideas like these, he actually follows through with them. My guess is that we’ll hear the Rocketjuice And The Moon album before we hear the Atoms For Peace one.

[Photo by Andrew Youssef @ Viejas Arena]