Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – in session – BBC 6 Music – November 7, 2017 – BBC Radio 6 Music
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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in session tonight – recorded at The BBC on November 7, 2017. Much has happened with Noel Gallagher since that fateful brotherly smashup, which took place ten years ago.
For one thing, Noel Gallagher has outdone himself and has more than amply shown he can carry on a solo career just as successful, if not more so, than his previous life as Oasis.
Gallagher’s solo career plans began in earnest after the demise of Oasis, on 6 July 2011, Gallagher held a press conference in London during which he announced that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds would release a self-titled album on 17 October 2011, and a second collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous would be released in 2012. In July 2011, he released his debut single “The Death of You and Me”, to positive reviews. Following the success of “The Death of You and Me”, Gallagher confirmed on his website that the band’s next UK single would be “AKA… What a Life!” which was released on 11 September 2011. “If I Had a Gun…”, Gallagher’s first US single, was made available on iTunes on 20 September 2011. Gallagher’s second album was to be a collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous, due in late 2012. He said, “It sounds a bit like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The sound is similar to High Flying Birds, but more psychedelic and tripped out. It’s not an electronic project. People are jumping to that conclusion because Amorphous Androgynous used to be an electronic outfit.”
In the press conference, explaining solo album material and collaboration talk, Gallagher admitted the collaboration is “fucking far out. It’s got like 18 tracks on it, some of it’s krautrock, some of it’s soul, some of it’s funk and that’s just the first song.” Then later confessing, that he’s nervous about releasing his second solo album with Amorphous Androgynous. “A lot of people are looking forward to it, which I’m a bit nervous about. They’re building it up in their own minds, thinking it’s going to be something it might not be when they hear it. It’s fucking good, but I probably shouldn’t have announced it. But I just thought, ‘It’s finished, so fuck it, here’s what I’ve been working on.'” He later found it hard to say “no comment” to journalists, adding, “I’m just cursed with an absolute endless stream of one-liners. I’m sorry about that. People say it’s the way I talk in interviews that makes people interested. But they just mean I’m honest. ‘Oh, he’s got a way with honesty, that lad…’ How depressing is that?” On 16 March 2012, Gallagher announced that an EP titled Songs from the Great White North would be released exclusively for Record Shop Day on 21 April 2012.
On 2 May 2019, the band released “Black Star Dancing”, the title track of their EP, which will be released on 14 June 2019. Two further EPs will be released later in 2019. Gallagher has said that the second will have a “Mancunian” sound and the third will be released at Christmas.
The band began a tour of North America with The Smashing Pumpkins in August 2019, with an Australian tour in support of U2 to follow in November.
Catch them if you can – they are a great live band and well worth the price of the ticket, and poster, and t-shirts, and albums . . . – a double bill with Smashing Pumpkins should be ace.
Hit play and crank it up in the meantime.