Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Gorillaz Covers Complex’s April/May 2010 Issue! :)
So four freakshow rockstars walk into the music industry and sell 15 million records. The punch line? This happened in the 21st century! LOLZ! But after two absolutely gangbusters albums and a handful of mind-blowing videos, the Gorillaz fell off the face of the earth. Some of us didn't think the disappearance was all that strange; after all, it was just a bunch of animated characters who were the brainchild of Damon Albarn and comic artist Jamie Hewlett. But those of us who thought that were wrong.
See, a little while ago, we got a letter at Complex HQ with a postmark we couldn't quite decipher. The letter (which smelled like lighter fluid and was dusted with a powder that was decidedly not anthrax) said only, "Wish you were here! Not really! Plastic Beach is done, though!" But instead of a signature, there was only an international phone number and the inscription "M." Turns out it was from Murdoc Niccals, the Gorillaz bassist (and, to hear him say it, the band's only significant member), who had been holed up on his garbage island for nigh on three years—possibly by himself. The ensuing conversation was odd, but we managed to chop it up and find out what's been going on with the rest of the Gorillaz, what we can expect from the new album Plastic Beach and their headlining appearance at Coachella on April 18, and why we think Murdoc might just want to remain in a non-extradition country.