Noel Gallagher gives the latest on the group's long-awaited new record...

NOEL GALLAGHER says he’d still like to release a new [url=]OASIS single this year – but the chances of it actually happening are slim.

The band have spent much of the year working on songs for the follow-up to ’Heathen Chemistry’. Following their appearance at Glastonbury they scrapped the sessions, and have been back in the studio again recently.

Speaking to Radio 1, Gallagher said that four songs were completed, with a release most likely to come in February 2005.

He said: “We’ve finished about 4 tracks now, so I think , hopefully in an ideal world we’ll have a single out by the end of the year but it’s probably looking like it’ll be Feb next year.”

In a recent letter to NME, Noel explained the problems with recording so far.

The letter read:

“Dear NME,

“We started talking about recording a new Oasis album in November last year. We thought it would be a great idea to try something different with the production this time around, and Liam came up with the idea of using Paul McCartney as producers/mixers, which everyone believed would be a fantastic collaboration.

“We drew up a list of songs (10 in total), booked Sawmills Studio in Cornwall and gave ourselves three weeks. Unfortunately, after the recording process we decided we didn’t like anything we had played/recorded during those three weeks, and because of commitments with Paul McCartney, Richard Fearless and Tim Holmes couldn’t find any more time to give to the project. It was then decided we would attempt to finish off the record ourselves, which so far has proven quite frustrating and fruitless. All the while, new songs have been written and old ones have fallen away. So we think the ‘moment’ for that particular record has passed.

“We plan to start work on a new set of songs some time in July and we hope to have a new album out in February/March 2005, so hopefully you will hear some new tunes by the end of the year.

“As for the other two points you’ve raised, the one about separate dressing rooms, is as usual, laughable. And as for not watching [a][/a] from the stage, all I can say is Liam and his friends did, and me and my friends prefer the shared experience of the masses to the privileged position of the few. Now if you don’t mind…

“Peace, love and bananas,

“Noel Gallagher.”