"There's only so many times you can write a song about the rain or use the word 'shine', and I've got away with it a fucking shitload"
Noel Gallagher has revealed that he’s been hard at work on his next solo album – discussing how it has a “’70s disco” feel and that he hopes to release it next year.
NME was in attendance last night where Gallagher gave a live Q&A to launch his new book ‘Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don’t Know Where We’re Going)’ at Kings Place in London. Talking to the audience, the former Oasis guitarist said that he had been in the studio at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios in recent weeks and would continue work on the album with producer David Holmes after his upcoming tour dates in South America.
Speaking of what’s been inspiring him, Gallagher said that he’d always been troubled by the increased divide between the crowd and the artist that comes with success. “No one’s ever going to make an interesting album about being a rockstar living on Primrose Hill,” he commented – saying that he’d been looking back to friends and figures from childhood to inspire his songs.
“There’s only so many times you can write a song about the rain or use the word ‘shine’, and I’ve got away with it a fucking shitload,” Gallagher jokes. “I’ve used the chords from ‘Wonderwall’ six times, and let me tell you – it’s not drying up yet.”
Gallagher also said that he’d be looking to pick up the more ‘experimental’ nature of his work with David Holmes on ‘Who Built The Moon‘, revealing that he’d be writing more in the studio and leaning less on ‘the tricks’ he’d overused with Oasis and previous solo work.
Asked about the sound of the songs written so far, he replied “’70s disco” and “like the beginning of the world”. Gallagher said that he would hope for the album to be released next year.
Gallagher added: “I’ve often said to people in my band, ‘None of us here are the best in the world at anything’, do you know what I mean? We’re a group, we make this noise and people love it. From my own part in it, I’m not the best singer, I’m not the best guitarist, but I’m the best in the fucking world at being me. All these people pay to be me, so it’s fucking easy.”
Earlier this year, Noel teased that he may in fact have two albums’ worth of new material due for release. Speaking to NME, he suggested that some of his new material sounded like ‘The Police meets The Cure‘.
“I don’t have a guitar in my house for the first time since I was 13, so I’ve been writing songs on the bass. It’s unbelievable,” he told NME. “It takes all the emotion out of it and you get more of a groove but I’m loving it so that’s what I’m doing at the moment. So everything I’m writing at the minute sounds like The Police, The Cure or if The Police and The Cure were in a band together.”
Asked about his dream collaboration, Gallagher said: “I have to say, it would be Neil Young and Crazy Horse. If I could write a song and record it with them, it would be fucking unbelievable. I’d like to work with Morrissey as well because he’s a big part of my teenage years. I’d like to write a song with Shaun Ryder as well, that would be great.”
The evening also saw Noel compare his touring solo to life on the road with Oasis – and share his reaction to how many of his fans wear his brother Liam’s clothing label ‘Pretty Green‘.
‘Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don’t Know Where We’re Going)’ is released on November 1.