Damon Albarn Says Brexit Offered a ‘Starting Point’ for the Next Album from the Good, the Bad & the Queen
The politics feeding into Britain's decision to withdraw from the European Union remain hotly debated, but the so-called "Brexit" initiative has at least given fans of the Good, the Bad & the Queen something to look forward to. Frontman Damon Albarn drew a connection between the two during a recent interview.
Speaking to Q (via Fact), he noted that the legislation's passage "has obviously given us a wonderful starting point." But fans hoping for (or fearing) an overtly political set may not have the complete picture — discussing Humanz, the upcoming return from his Gorillaz project, Albarn said that album's socially conscious themes have less to do with elected officials than the conditions that produce their rise to power.
"Humanz is not a political statement about Trump – it’s about a world in which he could get elected," said Albarn. "Where are we as a race? Why haven’t we grown out of this? Putting the Z on the end is not a hip-hop statement, it’s more like an android Z. Are we human beings or just humanz? What the f--- is wrong with us?"
The Good, the Bad & the Queen, which aligns Albarn with ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon, former Verve multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong, and acclaimed percussionist Tony Allen, has spent most of the last decade on an extended hiatus. Aside from a surprise performance in late 2011, the group's been on the back burner since completing the promotional cycle for its 2007 debut. Albarn, however, has been talking about getting another record together for years — in fact, as recently as late-2015, he said he'd been working on TGTBTQ material.
In the meantime, Albarn looks likely to be busy with Gorillaz for the foreseeable future. Humanz is due April 28 and promotional efforts for the new LP include a 10-episode TV series, while the group has launched its own festival and Albarn has said dozens of songs remain in the vaults.
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