The legendary Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn recently shed light on his future with the band. He is already looking towards the future after the band’s eighth studio album Cracker Island officially out on February 24. The fans are going wild with the release and rerun of previously dropped singles, “Silent Running,” “Baby Queen,” and “Skinny Ape.”
Damon Albarn opens up on the matter
During an interview with The Sun’s Simon Cosyns, Albarn shared that the untimely passing of past collaborators Terry Hall (of The Specials) and Dave “Trugoy” Jolicoeur (of De La Soul) has forced him to think about the future of the group.
“I’ve lost two good friends who have really inspired me,” said Albarn. Although he didn’t explicitly state that their passing was the root of his thinking, he did detail how both deaths impacted him.
“I had no idea Terry was so ill. Otherwise, I’d have gone to see him,” then adding, “What he and Dave had in common was building bridges between cultures in a very meaningful way. For my development, both were hugely important. I’m just carrying their flames.”
Albarn then shared that he is open to the idea of Gorillaz continuing without him, saying: “I’d like to pass it on to another guy who’s a cartoonist and a musician. That would be amazing.”