October 23rd, 2007

Virtual band Dethklok take inspiration from Gorillaz in putting on their tour

The Co-creator of virtual band Dethklok, stars of Adult Swim's cartoon show Metalocalypse, has revealed how he took inspiration from Gorillaz when considering how to stage the band's forthcoming tour.

In an interview with Knac.com (read the full interview here) co-creator Brendon Small says: "When the show was first being conceived of by Tommy and myself it was like “yeah, if we want to go out on tour we could do something like Gorillaz” and then all the fans started writing in and saying “dude, you should go on tour but do it like Gorillaz.” Everyone was on the same page, and I was like “well, if we do it it should be cool, it should be funny and we should have a pretty good band playing. And it shouldn’t be about the actual band playing onstage, we should hear the band but not see them.” So we might be backlit, nearly out of sight or something, and we’ll have like an extended episode of the show playing on a huge screen that we'll play along to. So it will be a mix of music, and the characters telling little stories throughout, have these soundoff points where you get to laugh. The musicianship should be incredibly good, and it should take itself seriously enough to do it right. So that’s what we’re doing now."

More information on Dethklok and Metalocalypse on Wikipedia here

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Hong Kong D-Sides version on Myspace

The reworked version of Gorillaz' track Hong Kong is now available on their Myspace player at http://www.myspace.com/gorillaz. The new version adds extra string parts and features a slightly different mix in places.

Discounting tracks previously only released on a promotional-only basis, the reworked Hong Kong is the only previously unreleased track to feature on Gorillaz' forthcoming compilation album of Phase Two Bsides and remixes 'D-Sides', to be released 19th November in Europe and 20th November in North America.

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