Pioneering cartoon band Gorillaz is back! This time, they’re living off the western coast of Africa on an island called Plastic Beach:

The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

Here they’ve gathered Mick Jones and Paul Simonon (once of the Clash), Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, De La Soul and Little Dragon — among many others — to make a new album. The whole thing drops in March (with a Coachella appearance to follow) but you can hear the new single at the above link.

While Damon Albarn remains the main musical force behind the band, artist Jamie Hewlett supplies the visuals, making this OUR cartoon band, so don’t you give me “What does this have to do with comics!” in the comments!


  1. Not to be confused with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    The most isolated community in the world seems to be Edinburgh, on the island of Tristan da Cunha.

    If you can’t stand people, there are numerous uninhabited and isolated islands in the Southern Ocean, such as Bouvetoya.

    There are many seamount chains in the South Pacific, which would provide excellent anchorage and access to volcanic vents for thermal generation. (Just avoid the faultline running along 112 Degrees west…)

    Of course, the biggest problem about being in the middle of the South Pacific… weather. Most sailors know of the Roaring Forties, as wind rushes across unimpeded by land mass. Add to this the threat of hurricanes and tsunamis.

    (…and… isn’t the western coast of Africa on the ATLANTIC ocean? Their map on their website shows them off the western coast of South Africa, which isn’t really that isolated.)

  2. Watching the inflating ego of Torsten Adair in the comments has been interesting. The Al Gore who claimed he invented the Internet is getting jealous. Dude, no one cares about your nautical knowledge.

    I’m still kinda amazed how this offshoot of Dr. Octagon is still kicking around. But I’ve never fully trusted Albarn on his own – dude has a *massive* ego. Without a producer to anchor him, I’m less than excited about this one.