It’s been made official. Gorillaz will release their follow-up to last year’s Humanz, titled The Now Now, on June 29th.
The English virtual band is the brainchild of musician and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, as well as the comic book artist behind Tank Girl, Jamie Hewlett. The release of the band’s sixth studio album was made official after Hewlett’s wife Emma de Caunes confirmed the album title and release date through a story on her Instagram account.
The new album was originally teased with the launch of a new website by the band, TheNowNow.tv. The site includes a short teaser video that features a silhouette of Gorillaz singer 2-D sitting with a guitar in hand.
The band followed the website up with cryptic posters that popped up at the All Points East Festival in London this past Memorial Day weekend. One of the posters included the phrase “No More Unicorns Anymore”, which also appeared on the t-shirt of Gorillaz drummer Russel in artwork that co-founder Jamie Hewlett shared on his own Instagram account.
The Now Now is set for release only a little over a year after the release of Gorillaz’s fifth studio album Humanz on April 28, 2017. Since then, the band has performed two new songs not featured on their fifth album during concerts on the Humanz Tour. “Ode To Idaho” was introduced late last year, while the song “Hollywood” made its official debut at a Gorillaz show in Chile back in March, where Damon Albarn announced it as a track off the new album coming soon.
Considering that Humanz didn’t see a release until after a seven-year hiatus following 2010’s Plastic Beach, Gorillaz fans can rejoice in the fact that they’re in for a significantly shorter wait for the band’s next project.