Gorillaz Will Close Out This Terrible Year by Continuing to be Awesome
For most music artists (and, let’s face it, pretty much everyone else), this dreadful year was about reinventing, reimagining and, mostly…struggling. But, while we’re not entirely surprised, it has been rather jaw-dropping to watch Gorillaz basically totally and utterly kill it in 2020.
Should you have missed any of it, they were happy to supply the tally for us:
17 New Songs
24 Collaborations with Featured Artists
1 New Album
9 Episodes of Song Machine
1 x 8-bit Aries Driving Game
18 Machine Bitez
3 Live Streamed Concerts
1 x 210+ page Annual
4 new Vinyl Figures
13 Lyric Videos
8 Art Prints
1 range of Hot Sauce by Russel Hobbs
1 Song Machine Radio Series with Apple Music (x4 episodes)
1 animated Elton John
2 Lockdown Performances
1 Gorillaz Christmas Pazuzu Jumper
Plus a whole range of Gorillaz gear
That’s right…while most of us were just thrilled we were able to get Zoom to work half of the time, Gorillaz recorded 17 new songs, launched a hot sauce (though we would have much preferred a Russel Hobbs truffle oil), and, yes…got Elton John to turn himself into a cartoon. They’ve even already started booking actual live shows for next summer, with Berlin, Köln, Luxembourg and London already on the slate.
But there will be no holiday holiday this December for the world’s greatest animated band. Rather, on Christmas Eve, they will premiere the Season One finale of their ongoing, and insanely popular Song Machine series. Intriguingly titled The Lost Chord, this once again Jamie Hewlett directed episode’s special musical guest collaborator will be British soul singer Leee John, formerly of ’80s hitmakers Imagination. It will be available to view on demand on the 24th at Live-Now.com – but they’ve supplied a quick teaser trailer in the meantime.
So plan to get the fireplace crackling, rev up the hot toddys, and join 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs and Noodle for the only reasonable way to spend December 24, 2020. Then try to figure out just how we’re going to keep up with them in 2021.