If it’s possible for a band to be headed by two more monumentally groovy chaps, it’s certainly managed to elude us. So, yes, The Good, The Bad & The Queen remain the very epitome of musical coolness, led as they are by that unfailing genius Damon Albarn, and punk’s suavest four-stringer Paul Simonon. (Verve guitarist Simon Tong and drummer Tony Allen are also none-too-shabby.)
The Simonon-directed, strikingly shot new video for the ideologically incisive single “The Truce of Twilight” finds them captured in stark black and white, seeming from their facial expressions somewhere between exasperation and detachment. And no wonder – Damon’s lyrics ostensibly speak to the complete collapse of modern society and culture, led by new age gobbledygook and environmental decay.
“Enjoy it while it lasts because soon it will be different
Pernicious playgrounds and new age cultism
Outbreaks of optimism in care homes of England
The famous goodwill dumped in your fly tips so
Go fill your pockets now
With tomorrow’s landfill”
The track is taken from their stunningly poignant 2018 long player Merrie Land, which the Sunday Times called, “a masterpiece, album of the year.” (We unconditionally agree.)
But you’ll have to hop the Pond to catch them live, as they launch a short UK tour in Liverpool March 30, before heading to Europe for spring/summer festival dates in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Moscow, and nearly everywhere between.