In the lead up to their new album, Gorillaz have unveiled multimedia stories recapping the recent events of band’s central characters in The Book of Noodle and The Book of Russel. Now, they’ve done the same for Murdoc.
In The Book of Murdoc, we learn that Gorillaz’s fearless leader escaped Plastic Beach in a rusty brown submarine. His lone companion was Cyborg Noodle. After running out of booze, Murdoc was forced to surface the submarine only to quickly encounter the Battleship Ringo, owned by EMI Records. “Before it was chopped up and sold off like a prize pig, EMI had sent a fleet of ships to search the globe for Murdoc. At last they had him,” the story goes. “The Gorillaz star was captured, slapped about a bit, and taken to a secret prison in London.” Built beneath Abbey Road Studios, Dungeon Abbey, as it was called, detained the label’s ABCs (Artists in Breach of Contract). After three years of imprisonment, Murdoc was released after agreeing to write a new Gorillaz album (!)
Earlier this month, the human force behind Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, told a fan that the band’s new album was two weeks away from being finished. A release details and other details are as yet unannounced.
Perhaps we’ll learn more on Sunday when Gilles Peterson hosts an episode of Soulection on Beats 1 Radio. Noodle’s Instagram posted about the program, sparking speculation that the band could be involved in some way. However, in the post’s comment section, Noodle ruled out the possibility of new music.
Read The Book of Murdoc below.