Paul Weller not sure if Noel Gallagher will be on ‘avant-garde’ new album

This year's Cool List man talks about the follow up to 'Wake Up The Nation'

Paul Weller has said that his next album will contain some “avant-garde moments”, although he’s not certain if stand-in drummer Noel Gallagher will make the cut.

The singer-songwriter, who features in this year’s NME Cool List, explained that he is pausing from recording to tour, but he should have a follow-up to this year’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ out early next year.

“I haven’t finished the record, I’ve started it, done eight or nine tracks, maybe a few more than that. It’s going the right way, but I don’t know when I’ll finish it because I’m on tour from now to December,” he told NME.

“There’s elements of ‘Wake Up The Nation’ in the sound, but it’s moved on again I think. There’s a few avant-garde moments, shall I say, some sort of soundscape tracks as well and some pop sounding things as well. It’s a mix, really. Just good tunes.”

He confirmed that Gallagher had drummed on some of the sessions, but Weller was not sure if he would be on the finished record yet.

“If you’re referring to Phil Collins he came down and did a few tracks,” he joked. “Nah, Noel just came down as a mate and jammed for a few hours as a mate. Whether he makes the album or not we’ll see. He’s a very good drummer, people don’t realise he’s a good all-round musician.”

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