The Good, The Bad & The Queen, the British rock supergroup made up of Damon Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, Afrobeat godfather Tony Allen and producer Danger Mouse, have announced their first new album in over a decade. Merrie Land, out Nov. 16, is the band’s second album, following their 2007 self-titled debut.
The album is described as a “reluctant goodbye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018” in a press release. The members’ varying levels of access to cultural pulses both local and international are sure to be touchstones for the album’s surveying of a post-Brexit U.K., an extrapolation of their first album’s close-focused scoping of London, now writ large for a country in the midst of tumultuous change.
The project is just the latest from the seemingly unstoppable Albarn, who has also been performing with Gorillaz and Blur—and sometimes both at once. Gorillaz’s Demon Dayz festival in Los Angeles just wrapped last week.
The band shared a video for “Merrie Land,” the first single from the album, featuring a creep-tastic marionette version of Albarn and grainy black-and-white historical footage. Find that below, and check out the Merrie Land album art and tracklist further down, along with the dates for a limited run of shows the band is performing.
Merrie Land Album Art:
Merrie Land Tracklist:
01. Merrie Land
02. Gun to the Head
03. Nineteen Seventeen
04. The Great Fire
05. Lady Boston
06. Drifters & Trawlers
07. The Truce of Twilight
09. The Last Man to Leave
10. The Poison Tree
The Good, The Bad & The Queen Tour Dates:
01 – Blackpool, U.K. @ The North Pier
02 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SWG3
04 – London, U.K. @ Hackney Arts Centre
05 – London, U.K. @ Hackney Arts Centre
06 – London, U.K. @ Hackney Arts Centre