Noel Gallagher To Return With New Album Chasing Yesterday In March

Former Oasis man confirms Johnny Marr and lost of sax solos set for second High Flying Birds LP as he post first single online.

Former Oasis man confirms Johnny Marr and lost of sax solos set for second High Flying Birds LP as he post first single online.


FOR A MAN WHO ONCE DECLARED he doesn’t own a computer and won’t use email, Noel Gallagher was very busy online this afternoon (October 13) announcing his return to music.

The erstwhile Oasis leader and his High Flying Birds revealed plans for his second solo album, Chasing Yesterday during a Q&A session hosted on Facebook, before posting its first fruits onto Youtube. The record will be with us on March 2, but first single In The Heart Of The Moment – below – is out next month (November 17) complete with B-side Do The Damage.

Chasing Yesterday is the first full album Gallagher has produced himself, but full creative control had its drawbacks it seems. “It was a major pain in the arse,” he explained. “It’s not that I’ve ever had people telling me what to write or what direction to go in, but managing sessions from one end of the week to the other proved extremely difficult. I had all these people looking at me and saying, ‘Right, what are we doing today?’ I was making the whole thing up as I went along.”


“I know I’m going to be accused of sax crimes. But fuck it. There’s nobody to tell me not to do it.”

Noel Gallagher


One recipient of this approach was Johnny Marr, who guests on Ballad Of The Mighty I, and apparently joined in the chaotic spirit of things by improvising his guitar parts. “I tried to get him to play on the last album but it never happened,” noted Gallagher. “So when I put this track together and knew he would be perfect for it I called him and asked if I could send him the rough mix. He said: ‘No, I don’t want to hear it. I’m just going to react to it on the day.’ He didn’t even want any pointers. Well, that was brave of him. He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he’s unbelievable. He’s way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make Mighty I one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

However, that’s not the only new element this freeform approach has yielded, as seasoned Oasis-watchers will be surprised to learn that Chasing Yesterday boasts several saxophone solos. “I know I’m going to be accused of sax crimes,” admitted Gallagher. “But fuck it. There’s nobody to tell me not to do it. And when you listen to that saxophone, please, don’t think about the guy from Spandau Ballet.”

An arena tour will take place March next year, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 9am (BST). See for full details. There’s no word yet on whether a touring saxophonist has been booked.



Damon Albarn unveils ‘Lonely Press Play’ video

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

Click above to watch the promo, which was shot by Albarn himself on a tablet in locations as varied as Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon. The song is taken from Albarn’s forthcoming solo debut, ‘Everyday Robots’, which is released on April 28.

Following an appearance at SXSW in Austin, Texas next month, Albarn will play with his backing band The Heavy Seas at two special shows in London, at the Rivoli Ballroom on April 30 and The Great Hall at QMUL on May 1. He will then headline Latitude Festival on July 19.

Damon Albarn collected the Award For Innovation at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas (February 26) and said that he would “love” to collaborate with Noel Gallagher in the future. Albarn and Gallagher were given the Music Moment Of The Year prize for performing together at a Teenage Cancer Trust show in May of last year. The Blur singer also later admitted that the band had written 15 new songs for a new album, but said they won’t see the light of day for years.

Albarn also was on hand at last night’s ceremony to present Beatles legend Paul McCartney with the Songwriter’s Songwriter Award, while other big winners included Blondie, who were the recipients of this year’s Godlike Genius title, and Arctic Monkeys, who took home five gongs.


The Year 2012 in Music

The Year 2012 in Music, in Gifs – Outrageously Funny!

By Kevin BG Perry

What was the moment that defined the year just gone for you? We’ve had economic crisis, political unrest and, biggest of all, Gangnam Style, so what better way of recapping the twelve months just gone by than with the internet’s format of choice: the animated GIF. Here’s just some of our highlights of the year:

There was a buzz around Skrillex – Via

Frank Ocean caused headlines by opening up about his sexuality – and releasing many people’s album of the year. Via gifhound

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch left the party – Via gifhound

Tupac came back to life – as a hologram – Via THUGISM

Noel Gallagher was crowned Godlike Genius at the NME Awards – read his wisdom here. – Via lgmatsumoto

Gangnam Style took over the world – Via gifhound

Madonna played the Superbowl halftime show – with this man on a tightrope – Via Buzzfeed

The Libertines’ ‘Up The Bracket’ turned 10 – Via maravenag

Alex Turner got coiffed – Via

Musicians like the Arctic Monkeys, Frank Turner – and Rowan Atkinson – opened the Olympics – Via Buzzfeed

Jake Bugg took on the X Factor and won – Via cameile

Plan B released the hardest-hitting protest song of our time – Via

Radiohead toured the UK – and mocked the Daily Mail – Via The Strut

Bat For Lashes returned draped in ‘The Haunted Man’ – Via Hype Machine

Gotye wormed his way into our ears – and became 2012’s biggest-selling single – Via wazzaaa-nojustkidding

Carly Rae Jepson fell off a car – then Enter Shikari covered ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Via cipsikolakilit

Pulp turned back time in Sheffield – Via maravenag

The triumphant return of the Rolling Stones wasn’t all ‘Doom & Gloom’ – Via maravenag

Two Door Cinema Club followed their ‘Beacon’ to stardom – Via Hype Machine

Lana Del Rey gave us too much information – Via lanafan

MIA released the best music video of the 21st Century – Via suckmypopclean