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Damon Albarn recording new The Good, The Bad & The Queen album with David Bowie producer

Damon Albarn has revealed the news that he is back working on new material with The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

The bandmwhich included 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’.

However, Albarn, who was in the studio with Zane Lowe to release his new Gorillaz song, confirmed the exciting news that the band are working with David Bowie producer Tony Visconti: “I’ve been recording the Good, The Bad & The Queen album,” Albarn said. “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,” Albarn continued. “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.”