Tired of wasting your musical genius with a half-assed band? Want to showcase your talents and become an animated character at the same time? The creative forces of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the brains behind Gorillaz, have decided to conduct a worldwide talent search to find a new band member. According to NME, submissions for the talent contest can include “animations, musical, sickly off-cuts, brief sketches, film scenes, caught-on-cameras clips, out-takes, voice-overs, bits of unused footage, whether humorous, dark, edgy, juvenile, insightful or thought provoking". The contest begins on December 15, and will be judged by animated band members Murdoc, 2D, Russel, and Noodle.
In a statement by guitarist Noodle, he said: “You are asking your children to aspire to idiots and are sowing the seeds of your own downfall, growing vacuous sickly weeds. These weeds will grow up to strangle you of any oxygen. You may laugh while your empire crumbles but you are putting chemicals in the foodchain… The dark is rising! There is danger!! Disease walks our corridors!! We need fresh talents. I, Noodle, will launch the world's First Global Internet Talent Contest."
The festivities will be featured on www.gorillaz.com, which is being relaunched on December 8. The finals, which will be voted on by fans, will take place on June 22, 2005.