A new dawn is coming. Cracker Island (ft. Thundercat) — an energetic, upbeat firecracker from Murdoc, Noodle, Russel and 2D —is out today, featuring the virtuosic bassist, mercurial talent and twice-Grammy winner Thundercat and with production courtesy of eight-time Grammy Award-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter extraordinaire Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz, and Remi Kabaka Jr.
The world’s biggest virtual band have relocated to Silverlake, California where it turns out that the answer to life’s question – the one truth to fix the world - is to invite fans to join ‘The Last Cult’, with Murdoc as its self-appointed Great Leader.
2D said “It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet.”
The Gorillaz World Tour 2022 which started in South America earlier in the year continued at Primavera to ecstatic crowds and travels on throughout Europe, and to Australia for the band’s first visit in 12 years, before one-off shows in London at All Points East on 19th August and Dublin’s 3Arena on 17th August and on to the US in October. Full dates below.
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Created by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, drummer Russel Hobbs and Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle. The BRIT and Grammy-winning virtual band formed following a collision of mishaps, meetings and pure luck to blow up a pre-digital world. Based at Kong Studios in West London, Gorillaz settled into a life of musical innovation with an eye-wateringly exciting roster of collaborators, a list that includes musical legends, geniuses and future stars from Elton John to Little Simz, MF Doom to Jean-Michel Jarre, Grace Jones to slowthai, Kali Uchis to Sidiki Diabaté, plus so many more. With seven albums to their name, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach(2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017), The Now Now (2018) and Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (2020), Gorillaz is a truly global phenomenon, achieving success in entirely new and unique ways, touring the world from San Diego to Syria, Montevideo to Manchester and winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.