Damon Albarn isn’t satisfied with a new album from his beloved virtual band, a massive festival and a TV show. He needs a little more than that to keep him busy. So the Blur and Gorillaz frontman casually dropped the news to Q that he’s bringing back his other project The Good, The Bad and The Queen.
In an interview with the British music mag, Albarn said that recent political events inspired him to bring his long-idle sideshow back to life.
“Brexit has obviously given us a wonderful starting point,” he said of the band’s supposedly upcoming album.
As for his other upcoming album that you may have heard a thing or two about, Albarn explained that it’s in no small part inspired by the worldwide swing toward nationalism and the far-right.
“The three tenets for this record were pain, joy, urgency,” he said. “I told everyone to imagine you’re in America after the inauguration and it’s the worst-case scenario: how would you feel that night? Let’s make a party record about the world going f*cking nuts.”
In the same interview, long-time Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett — the artist who gives the band their distinctive missing-link mugs — said that the album isn’t about Donald Trump, but rather a “world in which he could get elected.”
And while it seems like everyone is jumping to be on this album, Albarn did share a small list of artists who turned him down including Dionne Warwick, Sade and Morrissey. Check out a preview of the interview over at Q.