“An album of mine wouldn’t be an album of mine without Johnny Marr involved in it,” says Gallagher. “Now it goes without saying that I love Johnny Marr’s guitar-playing, but what I love equally is his harmonica-playing. I think the riff at the start of ‘Hand In Glove’… it fucking kills me every time.
“He came and he played on a few tracks. Most of the stuff didn’t quite make it, but then we ended up focussing on this one track which we didn’t think he was going to play on. I said ‘do you fancy playing some harmonica?’ He looked a bit taken aback.”
Watch below as they discuss their continued collaboration, and how Marr keeps getting mistaken for Gallagher in the street and in taxis…
“I believe that as musicians, you are what you play,” Marr continued. “I think what’s interesting with Noel is that he’s quite a private person, I think. Even though he’s very well-known and a lot of people feel like they know him, as an actual person I think he’s quite private.
“He’s very pragmatic and quite a no-nonsense kind of guy. When you list to the music, and ‘If Love Is The Law’ is a good example, it does a thing which basically says ‘life is great, life is worth living’. It’s life-affirming – and that’s interesting because he’s not the sort of person who would be running around hugging everybody. Although I have seen him do that once or twice, but don’t tell anyone.”
Marr added: “You hear it in his music. You are what you play and you hear it. From the first time I heard ‘Love Is The Law’, it was just this complete rush of upbeat, wide-open, open-skies affirmation of life.”
‘Who Built The Moon’ by Noel Gallagher and ‘Call The Comet’ by Johnny Marr are both out now.
Noel Gallagher tour dates and tickets
Gallagher’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
30 August – 1 September: Electric Fields Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
1 September: The Downs, Bristol
2 September: Bingley Music Live, Yorkshire