At a time when live music appears to be fully off the menu amid strict social distancing measures, the world’s favourite virtual band are plotting a return to the stage to fill fans with a moment of relief from the health crisis which continues to keep music venues closed.
The band, formed by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, will see its leaders Stuart “2-D” Pot, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobb perform their first live show in two years following up from the major performance in Mexico City all the way back in October 2018.
Having recently announced their ‘Song Machine’ project, the online series which as seen the band link up with the likes of Tame Impala, Slowthai, Robert Smith of the cure and more, the band will follow it up with ticketed shows will take place Dec. 12 and 13 across various time zones and featuring numerous different guests.
Season 1 of Song Machine will saw Gorillaz joined by an exciting and ever-evolving roster of collaborators which were all 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…”
See the new announcement trailer, below.