Earlier this year, Gorillaz confirmed that a new album was on the way. Needless to say, after seven years between records, fans were ecstatic. Well, now they have even more reason to be excited, with news that the English virtual band are set to release another record in 2018.

In 2010, Gorillaz released The Fall, a free album that was unleashed only nine months after their previous record, Plastic Beach. However, following some bad blood between frontman Damon Albarn and visual artist Jamie Hewlett, it looked like the band’s future was in jeapordy.

Earlier this year though, the band released their comeback album, the ambitious and critically-acclaimed Humanz. Following extensive touring, and news that the band had been working with high-profile names such as Flume, it has now emerged they’ve been hard at work on a brand new record.

As NME reports, a recent interview with Jamie Hewlett resulted in the artist spilling the beans about album number six. “We’re working on another Gorilllaz album that we’re going to be releasing next year,” Hewlett admitted.

“So we’re going straight into the album with no break. Usually we have a good five-year break between each album but we decided: ‘You know what? Let’s keep going’ because there’s ideas for a few more albums so we’re going to go straight into that. That’s will be all of next year and probably the year beyond that.

“By the end of 2019, we’re probably gonna say, ‘Let’s have a little break’. Or we’re gonna say, ‘Let’s keep going’.”

So the good news is that there’s new Gorillaz on the way, but we just don’t know when exactly. Christmas Day marks seven years since the band released The Fall with no warning, so who knows, the band could give us a brand new surprise gift sometime soon, or we could be waiting for a while.

Regardless, we just hope that a new tour comes along with the new album. Maybe we’ll see an appearance by the band’s best mate Flume while we’re at it?

Check out Gorillaz’ newest single, ‘Andromeda (DRAM Special)’: