"I don't know what it's going to sound like yet. We're not even half way through it yet..." he tells NME...

Noel Gallagher has said that the new Oasis album is still at an early stage, though he hopes that the album will start to take shape soon. Despite Liam telling two British holidaymakers that the album sounded like Pink Floyd‘s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, the final album is still a long way from completion.

Talking exclusively to NME at the Loaded Carling Good Work Fella Awards last week (May 17) at the Talk Of London in Covent Garden, Noel said: “I’m getting pretty bored over there, so I just came over here for a piss-up. The album’s going alright, just a little bit slow.”

“Y’know, Liam hasn’t sung in the studio for the best part of three years and we haven’t played together in the studio for the best part of three years. These things tend to take time. But it’s alright, apart from the fact that Spike Stent (their new producer), the fattest man on the planet, has eaten all the equipment which tends to put a fuckin’ mockers on things.”

He continued: “I don’t know what it’s going to sound like yet. I mean, we’re not even half way through it yet so… We leave France on Friday or Monday I think (May 21 or 24)… then the overdubs start and we’ll start getting into how it’s going to sound.”

Noel said that he was determined not to hype the record as much as their last album release, 1997’s ‘Be Here Now’.

“I ain’t gonna start bigging it up like other bands do saying it’s 21st-century rock’n’roll or, y’know, ‘This is going to be like the watershed of music by any band’, because at the moment, right, I really don’t know what it’s going to end up like ‘cos me and Spike are producing it and it’s the first time we’ve worked with anybody else other than Owen (Morris, Oasis‘ longtime producer who stands down for this album).”

Noel also revealed that his latest collaborative effort with The Chemical Brothers, ‘Let Forever Be’, will be released as a single in July through Virgin Records.

The track is taken from the Chemicals‘ forthcoming album ‘Surrender’, which is due out on June 21. The first single from the album, ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, is released on Monday.

A relaxed and chatty Noel, who had arrived at the Loaded event with Weller, said that until the mixes had been finished, it was hard to say which of the songs he had written – or whether the one that Liam has composed about his stepson, ‘Little James’ – would feature on the album.

Noel said: “Everybody seems to be happy, but it’s all up in the air at the moment. We don’t know what tracks are going to be on the album. I mean, I wrote 20-odd songs last year.” But he added: “The first single is definitely called ‘Go Let It Out’ and the album’s got a working title of ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong?’ – so that’ll be the end of that!”

He concluded by saying there was still no set date for a release of either single or album and also revealed that he had banned Liam from drinking for three months to facilitate the album recording.

He said: “My little brother has given up the drink for three months now and he had to because the band would not have been going any longer. I had to give him an ultimatum which was, ‘You’re not going to France for the film festival if you aren’t going to give up drinking.’ He did. And I tell you what, everybody in the band is shocked that it had to come to that. He’s a better person for it but he’s a bit more boring.

“He can be a shit when he’s drinking. He’s made it a whole lot easier for us to make this record by stopping.”