He's "in the very early days" of writing new material...
Damon Albarn

Jamie Hewlett broke cover earlier this week, indicating that new Gorillaz material could land in 2016.

Now Damon Albarn has offered further information. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the songwriter explained that he's "in the very early days" of writing new material.

"So far, it's really fast, and it's got quite a lot of energy," he said. "I've been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that."

Elsewhere, the songwriter also ruminated on the Blur re-union, explaining that he has mixed views on performing with the Britpop icons.

"I still try to avoid it like the plague, to be honest with you," he explained. But something weird happens once I've stepped onstage: I just have the best time. And then as soon as we get off, I say, "Never again." It's very strange. There has to be some sort of psychological paper that explains that emotion of trying to not do something; and then doing it, and then loving it; and then as soon as you've done it, trying not to do it again."

"I sort of forget sometimes that I did all that work, all those years ago. But then we have such a fine time onstage — it has a very emotional undercurrent, but it's also fun and silly and noisy. That's a fantastic recipe, to have all of those elements colliding into each other."

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