June 2, 2005

Gorillaz Returns with Gloomy ‘Demon Days’

By Randy J. Klodz

Gorillaz, which includes: 2-D, otherwise known as Damon Albarn, lead singer for Blur (vocals); Noodles (guitar); Murdoc (bass); and Russell (drums)—released its second album “Demon Days” on May 24, and appears in all formats as a digital cartoon.

Some critics remain skeptical of a cartoon-based band, but a tour in 2002 saw sold-out venues across North America including a sold-out March 3 date at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The actual human band members performed behind a large curtain as a projector splashed cartoon images of the band onto it.

The band found success with its infectious 2001 self-titled debut album that featured the smash hit “Clint Eastwood” and its groovy chorus of “Ain’t happy / I'm feeling glad / I got sunshine in a bag / I'm useless but / Not for long / The future is coming on” that lit radio waves across the world afire.

Though the new “Demon Days” lacks the fun bounce found on the band’s self-titled debut that sold 6 million units worldwide, fans of the band’s darker style such as the self-titled album’s track “Dracula,” are sure to enjoy the change of sound.

The “Demon Days” track “Dirty Harry” demonstrates that Gorillaz must have some fascination with country/western actor Clint Eastwood, as the bouncy track “Clint Eastwood” put Gorillaz on the map.

The latest Gorillaz single, “Feel Good Inc.,” features hip-hop group De La Soul and stands as the album’s most catchy track, while the narrative-filled “Fire Coming Out of the Monkey’s Head” sounds like a groovy bedtime story gone whacky. The short track “White Light” sounds like something off of an 80s Prince album mixed with the ominous imagery of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Though Gorillaz has ventured a different path, the cartoons are back with “Demon Days” and will give Bugs Bunny a run for his money. For more information on Gorillaz log on to www.gorillaz.com.

Gorillaz Photo: c/o Nasty Little Man