Gorillaz Release New Song, Announce Augmented Reality Debut

Gorillaz have shared their new single “Skinny Ape” taken from their upcoming album Cracker Island. Additionally, the virtual band have announced a two-city augmented reality live debut for the song.

The first performance goes down on December 17th at 2:30 PM ET in Times Square, New York, with the second happening at 14:00 GMT on December 18th in Piccadilly Circus, London.

According to a statement, “These first-of-their-kind immersive experiences will allow fans to gather together to witness Gorillaz play in real life — actually larger than life — as Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel literally tower over them, playing in the midst of two of the world’s most iconic skylines.”

The shows were put together by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and French director and illustrator Fx Goby, and will use Google’s augmented reality product ARCore Geospatial API.

“To all our followers, get ready for the biggest Times Square takeover since that other gorilla smashed the place up,” said bassist Murdoc Niccals. “Bigger in fact cos there’s four of us. Thanks to the techies at Google, we’ve created the music video event of the century, so don your pink robes and come see Gorillaz like you’ve never seen us before. The future is nigh!”

Check out the “Skinny Ape” along with a teaser of the performances below.

Gorillaz will release their new album Cracker Album on February 14th. Pre-orders are ongoing.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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