Pitchfork reported today that Gorillaz founder/frontman Damon Albarn is giving the animated band's fans a little Christmas present this year. While on tour, Albarn has been hard at work on an album recorded on his iPad. In an interview with Australia's Perth Now, Albarn and bandmate Jamie Hewlett revealed that the new material would be made available as a free download on Christmas day as part of surprise-filled Gorillaz Advent calendar running on their website.
Why now? Apparently Albarn really just wants the release to coincide with the end of the tour to basically prove that he went through the trouble of making new material while on the road. Says he: "I wanted to make sure that it came out at the end of the tour because I don't want anyone to think I'd tampered with it. I literally made it on the road in America over a month. I didn't write it before; I didn't prepare it. I just did it day by day as a kind of diary of my experience in America. If I left it until the New Year to release it, then the cynics out there would say, 'Oh well, it's been tampered with.' But if I put it out now, they'd know that I haven't done anything because I've been on tour ever since."
There you have it. Competitive truthiness. Everyone wins.