Noel Gallagher: ‘Record labels just aren’t interested in working class bands any more’

High Flying Birds man also says rock'n'roll is in 'hibernation'

Noel Gallagher has urged record labels to sign more working class bands.

The former Oasis man complains that since Arctic Monkeys emerged 10 years ago, there haven’t been any great rock bands and the internet has had a negative impact.

He’s now calling on labels to provide more support to new bands.

Speaking during an appearance on BBC Four’s ‘What Ever Happened To Rock ‘N’ Roll?’, which airs this evening (July 23), he says: ”In theory the internet and YouTube should be helping new bands get off the ground but it hasn’t – it’s got worse. The record labels just aren’t interested in working-class bands any more.

”[Rock’n’roll is not dead] as long as I’m still going, it’s fucking not. It’s there but it’s certainly lacking the re-generation process.

”Since the Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Libertines there has been nothing. You name me one band since them. So that’s 10 years ago. So the evidence is that it is kind of in hibernation.”

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Earlier this year Gallagher took a swipe at “shit” charts shows and mainstream radio, stating that if Oasis were starting out today they “would have nowhere near the impact” that they had in the ’90s.

He told NME at the time: “If you’re Number One in the charts now, it automatically means you must be shit. Bands now go cap-in-hand to the industry and the industry has already decided what it wants for the fucking chart stars. But the charts are all the fucking same. Every single song in the Top 10 is the same shit with a different voice.”