Not since Josie and the Pussycats has an animated rock band generated heat like Gorillaz, which sold six million copies of the debut 2001 release, Gorillaz. Now virtual bandmates Noodle, 2D, Murdoc and Russel Hobbs are back by popular demand with Demon Days, a new album set to hit shelves int U.S. on May 24.
For this outing, Gorillaz creator Damon Albarn of the British band Blur teamed up with Danger Mouse, who masterminded The Grey Album, an unlikely melding of hip-hop artist Jay-Z and The Beatles. Demon Days is being hyped as a darker and more intense affair than the first CD, which featured the hit single "Clint Eastwood."
A music video for the first single from Demon Days, “Feel Good Inc.,” is in production and will feature the animated quartet and guest artists De La Soul. Other contributing musicians will be masked and somewhat anonymous behind the digitally created pop stars.
Jamie Hewlett, creator of the Tank Girl comics, drove the art design for the first Gorillaz incarnation. It appears the art style will remain the same, even though the musical lineup has changed. Aiding vocalist Albarn on the first album were Del the Funkee Homosapien (rap vocals), Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto (vocals), former Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bass player Tina Weymouth, former Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club drummer Chris Frantz and Kid Koala (turntables).
For more information about Groillaz and the upcoming release, visit Kong Studios at Gorillaz.com.