So how’s he feeling about this album? “My album is the best collection of songs I’ve written for a long fucking time,” Noel told NME. “This is the most literal and lyrical album I’ve ever made.”
“It’s almost like the time ‘Definitely Maybe’ came out: you just put it out there and you think , ‘Well, what is going to fucking happen?'” Noel told NME.
“I have no expectations for [the album], because all the things I expected from it, I’ve already achieved,” Noel told us.
Noel’s debut solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ will be released on October 17th.
‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ features a number of tracks that were written during his years as a member of Oasis and will be released through Gallagher’s own Sour Mash Records.
The LP was recorded over the past year in London and Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy.
Noel has said that the album was inspired by Jefferson Airplane track ‘High Flying Bird’. Meanwhile, the format of the title is a homage to the original name for Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Noel told XFM, “I had a bit of a eureka moment, so I wrote it down. I thought, that looks really cool. I doesn’t mean anything, you know?”
“That’s all rock’n’roll is; retelling this great fucking story,” Mr. Gallagher shared with NME. “Music snobs will think when this band come along that it’s all been done before, but it’s only a story that needs retelling for a new generation. Rock’n’roll is gone at the minute but it’ll never die because Neil Young said so.”
Gallagher announced details of his new band’s very first live dates, playing three shows in Dublin, Edinburgh and London in October. The tickets sold out in just six minutes.
The shows have sold out quicker than the debut tour of his brother Liam’s Beady Eye. Tickets for the first six Beady Eye dates last November took half-an-hour to sell out, reports Contact Music.
Noel recently said that Oasis were the last great traditional rock ‘n’ roll band. He told Time Magazine, “We came along before the internet so, if you wanted to see us, you had to be there. It makes me feel like a righteous old man. We don’t live in an era where indie rock bands sell 60 million albums. Oasis were the last great, traditional rock’n’roll band.”
Noel says he was approached about making a solo record as far back as Oasis’ landmark Knebworth shows in 1996. “I distinctly remember somebody sidling up to me saying, ‘It’s time for the solo record now’. But I always said I wouldn’t do it if the band was together.”
Noel has spoken out in defence of the poor sales of little brother Liam’s Beady Eye debut ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’. “They’ve sold 10,000 less than the Arctic Monkeys — that’s only one hit single,” he said.
Noel has compared quitting Oasis to splitting up with a girlfriend. He said: “I’d liken to it when you know when you’re about to dump a girl, I don’t know what made it any different. We’d had worse fights, worse arguments.”
“I don’t, maybe I just sat there and I thought, ‘This has gone on too long.’ I can’t remember what exactly I was thinking, but it’s like, why do people change jobs? You just sit there one day and you think, ‘I didn’t feel like this yesterday, but I feel like it now. I’m off,'” Noel said.
Noel spoke yahoo.com about his upcoming tour dates: “Frontmen come alive when they come onstage. I’ve got to wait and see what happens. I’m a bit… I wouldn’t say I’m nervous, but I’m trepidatious, if indeed that is a word. I’m not a natural frontman as of yet. But then again, my inner Elvis might take over when I hit the stage!”
Noel told SPIN that many of his solo songs “never would have ended up on an Oasis record. I directed everything that went on in that band but Oasis were a stadium rock band so I wrote stadium rock music.”
Gallagher added: “Now it’s different. Doing the new solo album was fucking great. It was serene. I could take it at my own pace.”
Noel’s second album, recorded with psychedelic collective Amorphous Androgynous, is due to come out some time in 2012.
“The sound is similar to ‘High Flying Birds’, but more psychedelic and tripped out,” Noel has said about the second album. “It’s not an electronic project. People are jumping to that conclusion because Amorphous Androgynous used to be an electronic outfit.”
You can listen to Noel’s new single ‘AKA…What A Life!’ right here. The was released with a brand new B-side ‘Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me’.
We recently caught up with Noel for a video interview, which you can watch by clicking here.
“[The state of rock’n’roll is] really fucking bad now,” Noel recently told NME. “But when it’s bad there’s someone somewhere like Ian Brown, Liam or Bobby Gillespie or a songwriter like me who can retell the story.”
Pick up a copy of this week’s NME to read our interview with Noel Gallagher, as he gears up to hit the road with the High Flying Birds.
“The more successful this [album] is, the longer I’ll disappear,” Noel told NME.
Next week’s issue of NME will feature Noel’s in-depth track-by-track guide to the album, which he’s called “a fucking great album”.
The album has reached Number 15 in the chart, despite the fact that Radio 1 “are just fucking refusing to play it, because I’m nearly 45.”
Noel told NME that this album says more about him as a songwriter because “it’s all me, apart from the drums and some of the keyboards.”