Gorillaz have announced their new song, ‘Aries’, which sees the band team up with Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook.
The song arrives as episode three of ‘Song Machine’, the cartoon music contraption from 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel. Having already worked with Tame Impala and the Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, Peter Hook stepped up for the latest offering.
Season 1 of Song Machine will see Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of as-yet-unannounced collaborators captured live in Kong Studios alongside the world’s most successful virtual band. “The cameras are rolling 24/7, the fourth wall is broken, the kettle is on, the chaos is real, the door is open… What’s coming next? Stay tuned,” the band said in a statement.
The band’s frontman 2D said: “Hello everyone who is reading these words. I’ll keep this short because once you say things you can’t unsay them and they exist in the universe forever, like Tupperware.”
Gorillaz drummer Russel added: “Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do. Gorillaz breaking the mould ‘cos the mould got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop.
“We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case…”
Well, we know now. Enter Peter Hook and synth-pop producer Georgia.
In a statement about the new song, Gorillaz guitarist Noodle said, “Highly impatient and competitive, many Aries have the fighting spirit of your mythological ruler.”
Stream it, below.