Noel Gallagher: ‘Bands are shit scared of social media’

New bands are 'scared of killing it before it's started', says singer

Noel Gallagher has said that the lack of outspoken bands in the current rock music scene is because musicians are “shit scared of social media”.

Gallagher is interviewed as part of a roundtable feature in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, in which he, Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson, La Roux’s Elly Jackson and Courtney Barnett discuss the current state of the music industry.

Asked why so many bands choose to play it safe and not speak their minds in 2015, Gallagher replies: “It’s because they’re shit scared of social media! They’re shit scared of somebody killing it before it’s started. One of the main differences for me is that bands these days are careerists.”

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The singer adds: “I know for a fact that nobody in Primal Scream ever thought about a career, or Oasis, or The Verve. Everybody was thinking, ‘We’re having a great time, this is amazing!'”

Gallagher, who releases new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ in March, also claimed: “If Oasis were starting tomorrow we would have nowhere near the impact, because you’re judged instantly on your first gig, and then Radio 1 will judge you on how many fucking followers you’ve got on Facebook […] Oasis never had an A&R at Creation – we were given the fucking keys to the kingdom and they went, ‘Off you go, see you in a bit’. Now, the manager is accountable to the A&R guy, who’s accountable to the guy above him, who’s gonna lose his fucking job.”

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