The Gorillaz released two new music videos today, along with an announcement regarding the animated band’s new fourth member. The band’s original fourth member, Murdoc, is in jail in the band's fiction, so the role of hijinks instigator and bassist now falls to Ace, a member of the Gangreen Gang. If that name sounds familiar, well, that’s because it should. Unlike the three other members of the Gorillaz, Ace is not an original creation. Rather, he debuted in the Whoopass Stew - A Sticky Situation animated short, which begat The Powerpuff Girls series, 26 years ago.
Oh yeah, it's official: Murdoc's replacement is, in fact, Ace from the Gangreen Gang. (source: the official Gorillaz newsletter) pic.twitter.com/UJyk5DLajT— PAZOOZOO (cody collins) (@azookara) May 31, 2018
Since then, Ace has received a bit of a visual upgrade, which is on full display in the music video for the one of the band’s new songs, “Humility.” The other Gorillaz song released today is “Lake Zurich,” though its accompanying music video is categorized as a “visualizer” and lacks the narrative and star power of “Humility.” Ace’s inclusion and origins were confirmed in the band’s newsletter.
The Gorillaz is the brain child of musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band has gone through numerous transformations, all based on a persistent, shared fiction. The most recent narrative development has placed the band’s bassist, Murdoc, behind bars. In the band’s fiction, the bassist was framed by a shadowy figure named El Mierda, who he met during the filming of their “Strobelite” music video. Murdoc got on El Mierda’s bad side, and the crime lord framed him for smuggling.
Ace first debuted in the Whoopass Stew - A Sticky Situation, a short film by Craig McCracken, as a member of the Gangreen Gang. The short film would go on to spawn Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls series, which included numerous appearances by the Gangreen Gang. The gang itself consists of five members, all green: Ace, Snake, Lil' Arturo, Grubber and Big Billy. The gang are ostensibly villains in the show, though they are considered low-grade threats for the superpowered Powerpuff Girls trio.
There no word just yet on how Ace made the jump from The Powerpuff Girls to becoming the replacement bassist for the Gorillaz. There is also no telling just how long Ace will occupy Murdoc’s spot. For the time being, the band is trying to start a new social media movement based around a #FreeMurdoc campaign.
The Gorillaz’s next album is The Now Now. The album is set to release in full on June 29.