Noel Gallagher On Glastonbury, The Stone Roses, And His 2017 Album

Noel Gallagher ran into The Stone Roses‘ Ian Brown at a supermarket last month and had a chat about new music and chocolate shower gel. NME asked him about what’s going on with the Roses, his Glastonbury plans, and his next album…

Hey Noel. Are you playing Glastonbury this year?
“No. They’re yet to ask or make a serious offer. But I am going. The line-up isn’t exactly great though. Not talking about the headliners, but the entire thing… I think, ‘What am I going to see?’ ELO, they’re good. I try to go every year with the missus. We didn’t go last year so we’re going this year and I have the time off.”

You revealed that The Stone Roses were ‘blooming’ last year, before the rumours really kicked in. What can you tell us about them now they’ve confirmed their ‘glorious’ new music?
“I am very excited, for them mainly. They’re going to play some new songs. I bumped into Ian in a supermarket recently. He was buying chocolate-flavoured shower gel. This is not a joke. He leant and said ‘Have you tried this?’ and I said of course I hadn’t. He swears by it, says it’s amazing. And before it turned into a photoshoot with everyone and their cameraphones, he was telling me how excited they are by it all. He said it was like they were making their first record again.”

So you’re on the road till September, and then you’re done?
“Yes, but I started this tour last March, it’s been a long one. Tours get longer as the record industry dwindles. No one is going to give up their lifestyle because no one buys records, so you just tour for longer.”

What are you thinking about your new record? Next year?
“Well, I’m halfway through making a record now. I’ll be back in during May when I have some time. Then I’ll get it finished by Christmas, hopefully. That is absolutely best-case scenario, that it’s done in time for Christmas and I’ll be able to sit on my arse for three months at the start of 2017, watching Man City’s glorious run to football domination.”

What can you tell us about the album?
“I don’t like talking about it till it’s finished, because many a record was bought and sold of people saying ‘This is my Sgt Pepper’ and then you hear it and you think, ‘What the fuck are you on about?’ But what I will say is that I am doing something different this time, to amuse myself – I am writing in the studio for the first time. As a rule I’ve not allowed myself to go in with any completed songs, so I am writing in there, it’s happening all around me during the day.

“That process can be quite frustrating, but the results are speaking for themselves at the moment. Usually I’ll go in, play a song, record an acoustic version of it and then I’ll think of something and we’ll head toward it. Everything we do is a forward motion toward that point. When you’re writing in the studio you don’t know where you’re going, so the flavour of it all can constantly shift. It’s a bit chaotic but the end results are great so far.”

Will it be ready by this time next year, do you think?
“Hang on a fucking minute. Best case scenario is I get it finished this year and it’s out this time next year, but best case scenario has a habit of going tits up and I won’t finish it this year and I’ll still be working on it this time next year. You never know.”