Since the early 2000’s, The Gorillaz have become a classic cult band that has periodically dropped off hit singles like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good, Inc.” before disappearing back into the animated abyss from which they came. But have you ever wondered what actually happened to the virtual, rap-influenced electro-rock band in between their releases? While some may be familiar with Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russell, only their loyal fandom knows what wild, life-altering adventures these individuals have been through in between each album they’ve created.
If you look up their backstory, some sites will deliver the long and generic explanation of the trials and tribulations that the band’s creators Damon Albarn and Jaime Hewlett went through and how they struggled to keep the group alive once they had a “falling out.” However, the creators have since reconciled and have recently confirmed that the band will return by the beginning of 2016.
So how did the virtual band come to be? Thanks to one die-hard fan on Tumblr, we’re able to finally piece together the rare story of how the fictional characters found each other, what happened during the extended periods in between each of their “phases,” and what questions still need to be answered by the creators. If you’ve got the time and curiosity, continue on to find out the crazy backstory behind The Gorillaz.