The two members, along with a handful of collaborators, are represented publicly by four virtual characters: 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs.
When the band launched in 1998, the characters and their world were portrayed in music videos, the band’s website, and limited live performances.
Hopefully we see the former, and not just another weird, bold idea devolving into commercial spots and shallow collaborations with VR brands.
So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that." which was later released as a B-side on their single "Rock the House" and the B-side compilation G Sides.
The musicians behind Gorillaz' first incarnation included Albarn, Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala, who had previously worked together on the track "Time Keeps on Slipping" for Deltron 3030's eponymous debut album."Clint Eastwood" exemplifies the mix of musical styles found on the band's debut album, combining hip hop, electronic and dub influences.
Later that same month, their first full-length album, the self-titled Gorillaz, was released, producing four singles: "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000", "Tomorrow Comes Today", and "Rock the House". 6 in the UK, and the song was used as the title theme for EA Sports FIFA video game FIFA Football 2002.
Meanwhile, G Sides, a compilation of the B-sides from the Tomorrow Comes Today EP and first three singles, was released in Japan on 12 December 2001 and quickly followed with international releases in early 2002.
The DVD contains the four Phase One promos, the abandoned video for "5/4", the Charts of Darkness documentary, the five Gorilla Bitez (comedic shorts starring the band characters), a tour of the website by the MEL 9000 server and more.
The DVD's menu was designed much like the band's website and depicts an abandoned Kong Studios.In the video released today, they’re 2D, drawn like a grimy update of the Scooby-Doo gang.(Here’s the 360-degree version, if you prefer that.) With the album releasing next month, we can expect many more videos in the coming weeks.Along with that info, the band has posted a new video and a collection of portraits of its fictional members.Gorillaz is an experiment by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett that mixes music, marketing, and animated art.After a five-year hiatus, Gorillaz announced their fifth studio album Humanz, The interview was published in Deadline magazine, home of Hewlett's comic strip Tank Girl.