It has been a decade since the release of 'The Good, the Bad and the Queen', the brilliant self-titled debut of the supergroup comprising Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur), Paul Simonon of the Clash, Simon Tong of The Verve, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen.
Recently, there were signs that the legendary lineup could be returning with new material. Earlier this year, famed David Bowie producer Tony Visconti revealed he was working on a new album. More recently, during an appearance on the podcast 'Kyle Meredith With...', Albarn promised that the new record would drop by the end of the year.
Well, it looks like the Brit-pop legend is a man of his word because the title and the release date of the new album have just been revealed. An advertisement in long-running UK music mag 'Uncut' reportedly revealed that the album is called 'Merrie Land' and will arrive on November 16, Consequence of Sound points out.
While the band themselves have yet to officially confirm the news, you can see an image of the ad below via a fan account for The Good, The Bad & The Queen. As CoS rightly points out, the artwork for 'Merrie Land' is taken from the 1945 British anthology horror film, 'Dead of Night'.
👀 MERRIE LAND 👀— thegoodthebad&thequeen (@TGTBTQUEEN) October 18, 2018
It’s listed on Amazon.
Release date: November 16.
(thank you @gorillaz_club for the heads up)#thegoodthebadandthequeen #tgtbtq #damonalbarn #gorillaz #tonyallen #paulsimonon #simontong #tonyvisconti https://t.co/E7VyNsW1jp pic.twitter.com/SQMigZdqpT
Visconti previously revealed that work began on the project in the middle of 2017. "We're about two-thirds of the way through and taking a break, as Damon is off on a Gorillaz tour, but we will resume in April and it will be probably out before next Christmas," he said in an interview back in January. "It's a great album and I think people will be very impressed with it."
Albarn had previously revealed that the album was "fully written" back in 2014 and it was just a matter of scheduling for all the members to get together that was holding the record back. Last year, Albarn spoke of the inspiration behind the new material, explaining, "Brexit has obviously given us a wonderful starting point."
"It's an ode to the North of England, bizarrely," he elaborated in an interview with NME last year. "It's sort of set in Blackpool, between Starr Gate and [historic pub] Uncle Tom's Cabin, if you want to be geographically precise."
An official announcement from the band detailing the tracklisting and confirming the official release date should be out soon. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the title track from The Good, The Bad and The Queen's debut below: