Virtual band Gorillaz are back – and they've got a temporary new member who some cartoon fans out there may find familiar. If you've been keeping up with the ingenious group’s backstory, you'll know that they've been in a bit of a predicament recently, after their original fourth member Murdoc was sent to jail (again) for committing a multitude of crimes – from instrument theft to the questionable actions of making deals with demons.
Replacing the bassist is Ace, who is not actually an original creation like the other band members, but a character from The Powerpuff Girls. In fact, Ace was first seen as a member of the Gangreen Gang in Whoopass Stew – A Sticky Situation, the animated short from 26 years ago that would eventually spawn the Cartoon Network series.
It seems as though it’s a perfect fit for the edgy band, as the Gangreen Gang were an antagonistic group that served as villains in The Powerpuff Girls series. Ace – full name Ace D. Copular – was the oldest member of the group and enjoyed a superpower of cryokinesis (referencing his coolness), the ability to generate ice and snow. He was also considered the best looking of the gang.
Given that there is currently a #FreeMurdoch campaign out on social media, it is unclear how long Ace will be filling in, or whether he will eventually become a permanent fixture in the group. Either way, it’s good to see a cartoon character getting work outside of their TV show!
The Gorillaz – created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett – are gearing up to release their forthcoming sixth album, The Now Now, on June 29. Check out their new video above, featuring a cameo performance by actor Jack Black, then let us know if you're excited for the band's new music.