Gallagher Sr. has been prone to musical experimentation of late, what with his track ‘Holy Mountain’ sounding like Tony Christie singing The Vaccines and follow-up ‘Fort Knox’ sounding like Massive Attack doing Kanye while someone uses a pneumatic drill in the background, for some reason. No-one, though, expected to tune into Later… With Jools Holland to catch Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds performing a new song with the aid of stationary. Of course, Liam has something to say about it too.
Yes, this is the news that one of Noel’s backing musicians was spotted playing a pair of scissors as they unveiled new track ‘She Taught Me How To Fly’ on the flagship show. In the video above, the concentration on the scissor player’s face is plain to see. She’s clearly serious about her art. Yet the people of Twitter are confused.
Firstly, Liam’s not a fan…
Im afraid not but I do have somebody sharpening a pencil it sounds mega with a bit of reverb on it proper out there gear
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) November 1, 2017
Matt has a very simple and very pertinent question
Why does Noel Gallagher have someone playing the scissors? pic.twitter.com/bdx6LhGlRi
— Matt Astbury (@AstburyMatt) October 31, 2017
Naoimh wants Noel to know she’s got what it takes
Noel I’ve 3 pairs of scissors can I be in ur band 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ https://t.co/5NCwq7Icse
— Naoimh (@naoimhroe) November 1, 2017
Holly can’t actually believe what she’s seeing
Dan has a compelling theory about all of this
Noel G had a woman playing the scissors on Jools Holland. Surely that's just to wind up his brother.
— Dan Cummings (@realdancummings) November 1, 2017
Lee is heartbroken, just heartbroken #prayforlee
Graeme is undermining the scissor playing community here
Meanwhile, we all await @vulgrs’ verdict with baited breath
Noel Gallagher has a lass opening and closing scissors into a mic in his new song…don't know what I really think about that.
— vulgrs (@vulgrs) November 1, 2017
The track raises all kinds of questions. For how many years has this woman trained to become a scissor player? Does she have a scissor-playing mentor or is she more of a natural? Is playing the scissors more or less complex than playing, say, the triangle? Questions upon questions, questions upon questions.
Even more weirdly, the song itself – despite featuring a scissor player – is the most conventional NGHFB track that he’s put out in advance of new album ‘Who Built The Moon?’. It remains to be seen if the record is a bold musical innovation or simply more of the same. More pressing, though, is the issue of whether or not Liam will now take up the scissors. After all, can it be harder than mastering his favoured instrument, the tambourine?