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Noel Gallagher confirms “pain in the arse” High Flying Birds LP

By | Published on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is releasing a new High Flying Birds LP titled ‘Chasing Yesterday’ soon. On 17 Nov if you really want to know.

It’s a first for him and the HFBs in that it’s both written AND produced by one (Noel) Gallagher, who says, in so many words, that he was winging his dual role a bit the whole way through. Or in his actual words: “It was a major pain in the arse. 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”.

Good to know. Some other info you may or may not like to know is that the LP will be lead by a single titled ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’, which is inspired by a film Noel saw in which an astronaut is blasted into space for the first time, and likens it to touching the face of God. And hey, sax fans, there’s even a track named ‘Riverman’ which has ‘several’ sax solos (and boring guitar ones) on it.

Johnny Marr also pops in on guitar on another song called ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’, of which Noel says: “I knew he would be perfect for it [so] 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”.

Modest ol Noel and his High Flying Birds will be headlining a series of arena-type dates between 3 Mar 2015 (at Belfast Arena) and 10 Mar 2015 (London’s O2 Arena). First, mind, he’ll lead a Q&A event centring on… erm, himself on 3 Nov at the Hammersmith Club. It’s an Xfm thing in aid of Global Radio’s Make Some Noise charity, and a ‘WORLD FIRST’, apparently. Details on that here, and this is the ‘Chasing Yesterday’ tracklisting:

In The Heat Of The Moment
The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
Lock All The Doors
The Dying Of The Light
The Right Stuff
While The Song Remains The Same
The Mexican
You Know We Can’t Go Back
Ballad Of The Mighty I