We must admit, when Gorillaz first unleashed their made parade onto the scene in 2001, we must admit, we thought it would be a good bit of fun, before passing into memory. After all, the history of the pop charts is not exactly rife with, you know…cartoon bands.
Yet Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s musical/visual juggernaut has gone on to sell about 25 million albums, helping to create the necessary diversion from cultural tragedies like Halsey and Justin Bieber’s (erm…) “Yummy.” Now they even have film studio, which has just released Song Machine Episode 1 ‘Momentary Bliss ft slowthai and Slaves’ – capturing their inimitable antics at their own Kong Recording Studios, in Essex, UK. As the title suggests, slowthai and Slaves were their first special guests.
“Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do,” explains drummer Russel. “Gorillaz breaking the mold ‘cos the mold got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we’ve gotta stay ready to drop. We don’t even know who’s stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell’s coming, we’re primed and ready to produce like there’s no tomorrow. Y’know, just in case…”
Alas, frontman 2D sidesteps saying anything of much substance by adding, “Once you say things you can’t unsay them and they exist in the universe forever, like Tupperware.”
Expect more episodes on the way…