The highly-anticipated Gorillaz comeback album will be given a 2017 release, according to the fan-run Instagram account GorillazNorthAmerica who apparently received the news directly from band co-creator Jamie Hewlett.

Watch: Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) carried off stage after refusing to end five-hour set 

Hewlett confirmed the group’s return in January of 2015. They officially began work on the forthcoming record last fall, but according to this update, it will be a little longer before we hear new Gorillaz.

Gorillaz officially released their most recent studio album, The Fall, in 2011. The album was initially available to members of the band's Sub-Division fan club for free download on December 25, 2010.


WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can't be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And….Jamie follows us. So….you got something to say to him and don't wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. #JamieHewlett #JamieSaid #ThoseWords #FuckinAye #Gorillaz #Gorillaz2017 #ThisIsNotOurFace #WeTookThePic #HalfOfUsWasThere #OtherHalfInMontreal #Explanations #DidWeMention #JamieWasMadCool #Animated #Friendly #GangstaToo #HisShow #HisArt #SoCool #Go #IfYouCan

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