A new album from The Good, Bad & The Queen is “almost finished” according to Damon Albarn.
The band, which includes The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong drummer Tony Allen, released their highly celebrated record in 2007 but haven’t worked together since 2011 after confirming their ‘secret split’.
Albarn, who has already confirmed that the band are working with former David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, has confirmed the news that the album is on the way.
Speaking to Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson, he said: “It’s the same band, and it’s finished pretty much. I think it’s a strong record, a strong taste. We worked with Tony Visconti on this. The last month or so it’s been Simon and myself just going through, Steve mixing, editing and changing bits. Really detailed.”
Recently, during another Beats 1 show but this time with Zane Lowe, Albarn was discussing the new Gorillaz album, dropped in that The Bad & The Queen album “sort of finished.”
“We’re playing it back at the moment downstairs,” he said before added: “So yeah, I think it is [finished].”
“It’s been a really exciting time,” he continued. “It’s been a fantastic year so far. I’ve been in South Africa, did an album with amazing artists and then did [Gorillaz‘s] ‘The Now Now’, and then The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
“So there’s a lot of music coming out,” he continued. “I hope [I’ve] sort of been good with my editing otherwise everyone is going to be sick of what I do.”
Albarn has already confirmed that the band are working with former David Bowie producer Tony Visconti.