Ever since 2012, Gorillaz fans have been forced to live in acceptance of the fact that the band may not be making music again. But after a few years of teasing and “will they, won’t they” anticipation, it has been announced that the world’s favorite (and likely only) cartoon-ape ensemble will be making a comeback.
The first whisperings came a few months back when instrumentalist and co-creator Damon Albarn, fresh off of a stint with his other main band Blur, announced he was planning on releasing Gorillaz material some time in 2016. The suspicions were confirmed late last week when artist Jamie Hewlett, who has championed the visual designs of the band since its incarnation, released drawings of members Noodle, Murdoc, and Russell on his Instagram. The kicker came in the midst of the comments sections – amid the fan-related excitement, Hewlett simply stated “Yes, Gorillaz returns.”
Although no official release dates or songs have been released, we can rest assured that the band will be making a much-anticipated return. Until then, check out Hewlett’s three new images and the music video for “On Melancholy Hill” from the band’s 2010 album Plastic Beach.