Britain’s alternative virtual band

Anna Goetz -Staff Writer

On Tuesday, April 18, the Gorillaz members announced their first ever on-camera interview. The band was created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. It consists of four animated members, 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Originating from the U.K., the band displays a blend of alternative rock, electronica, trip hop and alternative hip hop. What’s even more unique than their blend of genres is their music videos. Featuring the animated characters, one can never be sure of what storyline to expect. Also one of the first bands to ever include “virtual reality” effects on their videos, the technology literally takes you into the world of the video, including the viewer in the story. The group has even launched a custom “Gorillaz” app for devices that takes the consumer into the personal world of the Gorillaz house and characters.

Showcasing their eclectic, eccentric style since 1998, the Gorillaz have a new album coming April 28, “Humanz.” Their latest work features videos that consist of outer space, asteroid belts, several zany animated characters, haunted houses and more. The Gorillaz have tour dates set for the album release starting this coming summer, commencing in June and ending in mid-October, making appearances in countries such as the U.K, U.S and Canada. Whatever the Gorillaz have planned for “Humanz” is deemed not to disappoint.

Shattering the standard image of a modern band, the Gorillaz are not only successful by their out of ordinary virtual world, but by their new age sound. As they have recently just announced their first on-camera interview, the Gorillaz seem to have more surprises for their fans up their sleeves. Stay up to date on tour dates, tickets and new launches on their website, www.gorillaz.com

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