Gorillaz have shared a new music video for Tranz, taken from their acclaimed album ‘The Now Now’, out now. Watch here.
Marking the character’s first ever live performance video and only live performance since 2010’s unforgettable MTV EMA performance, this eye-popping film sees Gorillaz vocalist 2D command the stage against a backdrop of mind-altering visuals alongside bandmates Noodle and Russel Hobbs, with Gangreen Gang’s Ace on bass standing in for the temporarily incarcerated Murdoc Niccals.
The transformative Tranz clip is directed by Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett in collaboration with Nicos Livesey with support from the extraordinary animation specialists Blinkink and Paris-based creative production powerhouse Eddy, and combines classic hand-drawn animation and claymation for a wavy ride.
Meanwhile, following a summer of exceptional live festival dates across the UK and Europe, Gorillaz are now gearing up for a run of full band line-up dates that will include their very own Demon Dayz Festival in Los Angeles on 20th October. The festival, curated by Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett, will see the band joined onstage by special guests including De La Soul, Peven Everett, Jamie Principleand Del The Funky Homosapien. Other artists confirmed to perform at the festival include Erykah Badu, The Internet, D.R.A.M, Little Simz and more, info here.
The World’s Most Successful Virtual Act* will continue their North American tour with a first ever visit to Mexico City on 24th October. Complete tour itinerary below.
8 October Air Canada Centre, TORONTO
9 October Bell Centre, MONTREAL
11 October Wells Fargo Center, PHILADELPHIA
13 October Barclays Center, NEW YORK
14 October TD Garden, BOSTON
16 October United Centre, CHICAGO
20 October Demon Dayz Festival, LOS ANGELES
24 October Sports Palace / Palacio De Los Deportes, MEXICO CITY
For hi-res PRESS SHOTS, VIDEO STILLS and ALBUM ART: www.gorillaz.com/rmpphoto
Notes to Editors:
Virtual group Gorillaz is singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are Demon Days (2005), Plastic Beach (2010), The Fall (2011), Humanz (2017) and current album The Now Now (2018). A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor.
* The band are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.
About NICOS LIVESEY
Nicos Livesey is constantly pushing the boundaries of technique, taste and sanity in his work. His truly unique, incredibly inventive approach to animation has consistently produced absolutely mind bending results. From sci-fi stop frame needlework, to psychedelic claymation head trips, his films are experimental works of wonder that manage to be at once totally engaging and utterly unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Blinkink are world class animation specialists. We create short-form video content with our partners in the advertising, music and broadcast industries.
We love blending innovative new technology with classical cinematic craft, always focusing on the fundamentals of storytelling, character and emotion. Our work spans traditional hand-crafted animation to modern CGI, and everything in between. In each and every project we endeavour to undertake something new, something different, something unique.
Eddy is a Paris-based creative production powerhouse. Their unique view of telling stories through every technique imaginable has led Eddy to create rich stories and worlds in live action, classic animation and cg. Eddy has become one of the premier French animation production houses developing long format and short format animation.