The band’s lead musician Damon Albarn says the recent back-to-back stints following the release of 2017’s Humanz and 2018’s The Now Now has the three-dimensional backbone of the cartoon band a bit weary.
“We’re going to have to even it out,” he tells The Toronto Sun in an Oct. 4 interview. “Since there wasn’t much time between these recent two records it’s probably going to be another 10 years…mid-September 2028, so please come and see us now.”
Gorillaz’s current tour runs through the end of October with dates throughout North America. It features a pretty solid cast of members, from instrumentalists to guest vocalists, about the same construction that was on the road in support of Humanz in 2017. The dream to one-day feature a full-on holographic band to bring what Albarn calls “the Grateful Dead of cartoons” is still the pipe dream.
“That’s something we’ve been trying to do since day one,” Albarn adds. “But we still haven’t found a system that doesn’t compromise the music. That’s the dream — to be able to play onstage with holograms. I just hope I’m a functioning organism when it happens.”
As for other dreams? He’d love to get Grace Jones involved one day, and the ever-present rumor of a Gorillaz movie? “When I switch on my Netflix and it’s on, I’ll believe it.”