After ten long years The Good, The Bad & The Queen are finaly back. The band comprising of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong released their second album “Merrie Land” in November and it is no coincidence that is being released in times of one of the biggest political tragedies of the past century where Britain is preparing to leave the European Union. “Merrie Land” is a questioning good-bye letter, a series of observations and reflections on Britishness in 2018. Even though it has been over 10 years since the band last released a record, the timing could not be more apt – there could not be a more perfect band to untangle the optimism, disorientation and confusion in the atmosphere today. With ‘Merrie Land’, the band taps into a creative symbiosis of past and future, drawing inspiration from their shared glittering musical histories and wrapping the hybrid results in a brilliantly postmodern yet thoroughly British package. In June Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong will play two exclusive club shows in Germany and let’s hope they don’t have to apply for visas by then.