With the next Gorillaz album due out sometime in 2010, it's no surprise that Damon Albarn's animated project has begun tapping guests to lend a hand. First, we received word that hip-hop heads De La Soul would be on the new record, which is tentatively titled Plastic Beach, and now it's been revealed that tthe Horrors will be appearing on the album as well.
In a recent interview with BBC 6Music, Horrors bassist Rhys Webb said the Blur/Gorillaz front-man got in touch with the goth-tinted shoegazers shortly after hearing this year's pretty awesome Primary Colours.
"He got a copy of it really early, contacted us completely out of the blue and told us how much he liked it " Webb explained. "It was kind of a strange email saying, 'Would you guys be able to come down to my studio at some point?'"
Webb went on to add: "We had no idea really what it was about but thought that would be great to go down there, have a chat, it would be nice to meet him.
"We went down to the studio and he said, 'We're working on the new album and we've not collaborated with a guitar band before and your album is one of the most exciting things I've heard in a long time. Would you be up for working on a track?'
"They [Albarn and partner Jamie Hewlett] have always been diverse and experimental and I think as a band moving forwards, that's very much the way we approach music.
"He played us a lot of tracks he'd been working and musically and they were just in a really similar place to where we were at the moment - rhythmically and the instruments that were going through the sound - so it made perfect sense for us."
Along with the Horrors' upcoming Gorillaz contribution, Webb revealed that Albarn has mixed a version of the group's Primary Colours track "Whole New Way," which is slated to be featured on an upcoming Horrors single.
In related news, the Horrors are also kicking off a North American tour this month, which is visiting Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. You can check out all the dates here.