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15 May 2023

Noel Gallagher On Liam, Oasis And His New Album

Noel Gallagher
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Noel Gallagher has given The Big Issue an exclusive interview in which he discussed Oasis, Liam and his new album, Council Skies.

pre-order council skies here

Talking about brother Liam’s behaviour in the final days of Oasis, Noel revealed, “You never knew what mood Liam was going to turn up in and I found the whole thing really fucking stressful,” he recalled. “My overriding feeling was this is just so fucking unnecessary. This is the dream that we’ve all lived for, and you’re still moaning about some shit that went on 18 hours ago. It’s just nonsense.

“Singers are the kings of blaming shit on everybody else,” Noel continued. “I was writing the songs, so I was directing it. I knew what I was doing. I often wondered what it would feel like if I was in a band and I had no control over the direction of it because the guy who wrote all the songs was so fucking good. There would be no point in getting involved. So no wonder he went off the rails. But you can balance that by saying, well, Oasis wouldn’t be fucking anything if they hadn’t asked me to join them.”

With the release of Council Skies imminent, Noel revealed he isn’t planning an Oasis reunion any time soon. “I’m certainly not getting nostalgic for the past, no way,” he said. “Things are fucking great in the present. Man City are great, my life is great. I’m happy and healthy. I’m about to go on tour around the world. It’s happening now for me.”

The whole interview can be read exclusively in The Big Issue, on sale until 21 May here.

Council Skies is available to pre-order now on CD, heavyweight vinyl with bonus 7”, LP picture disc plus various digital formats including a Dolby Atmos spatial audio version. The previously released Robert Smith remix of Pretty Boy is featured on deluxe limited-edition triple vinyl and 2CD formats which also include a stunning live session version of Live Forever and a remix from Pet Shop Boys. A printed handwritten lyric sheet of title track Council Skies will be included with all album pre-orders via the official store.

pre-order council skies here

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