People have been speculating about the return of the virtual band Gorillaz since their disappearance from Facebook, Instagram and the further outside world after the Plastic Beach tour in 2010. In 2014 the first rumors started popping about their return in 2016 and co-creators Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn have been signing the fans trough various interviews the past few years.
Last september the fans patience was rewarded with the first signs of the new album popping up with a "The gang is back!" post on the official Facebook page.
Rising from the frustration with the MTV's generation, where manufactured faces of the music industry where becoming celebrity without substance. Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Tank-Girl comic book artist Jamie Hewlett sought out to manufacture a band from the ground up. Using their 4 caricature types as the faces for the music, stripping away the celebrity aspect and using them as a conduit to explore different genres, erasing the genre boundaries to explore the full potential of music.
Using a constantly rotating roster of guest performers, their sound is constantly evolving with various past collaborators like Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, De La Soul, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, Mark E. Smith, Paul Simonon, Bashy, Kano, Little Dragon, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, sinfonia ViVA and the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music. Making fans wonder what the future may hold for the Gorillaz.
Each "member" dropped some new content on the web about their whereabouts and maybe dropping some clues for the possible collabs. A shortlist for all the fans eager to speculate;
- Russel's "Caturday" Playlist (Puss Puss Magazine)