As previously reported, Gorillaz/Blur honcho Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen have been working together on a collaborative studio album. Now, thanks to an interview between Albarn and The Irish Times, we have a name for the project: Rocketjuice and The Moon. Explained Albarn of the origin: “Someone in Lagos did the sleeve design and thats the name he gave it, which suits me because trying to find a name for another band is always tricky.”
The trio will debut material from the album during a performance in Ireland this weekend, where they’ll be joined by 25 other musicians as part of a collective called Honest Jon’s Chop Up. Other members of the collective include the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, the Sun Ra Arkestra trumpet player Phil Cohran, the Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara, the house producer Theo Parrish, and the South African hip-hop crew M.Anifest.
Albarn also plans to tour with Honest Jon’s Chop, explaining, The rehearsals feel good, exciting. The plan is simple, really to make some music, some interesting sounds. Weve interesting people playing from all over the place.”
As of now, there is no release date for Rocketjuice and The Moon, nor any tour dates confirmed outside of this weekend’s performance. So, stay tuned.