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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Noel Gallagher makes his live return
Noel Gallagher made his live return in London last night (February 2nd) ahead of ‘Chasing Yesterday‘s release next month.
Gallagher was at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London to make his low-key comeback, and played five songs set to feature on his second solo album. The singles ‘In The Heat Of The Moment‘ and ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I‘ were aired, while ‘Riverman‘, ‘Lock All The Doors‘ and ‘The Dying Of The Light‘ received their first plays.
The rest of the set stayed true to that which had informed his 2011-2012 world tour. The Oasis tracks ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free‘, ‘Fade Away‘, ‘Digsy’s Dinner‘ and, of course, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger‘ were also included.
For the setlist and to hear the new song Riverman head on over to our Ezine.
NME reviewed the gig below:
Do not be alarmed,” says Noel Gallagher to a tiny warm-up-gig crowd of barely 400 that includes a glut of 1990s music industry heads, a small battalion of ballot winners and a loitering Gem Archer, “there is a saxophone coming onstage”. We’re right to be concerned; when a major rock star goes solo, time-honoured etiquette demands that they start making tedious roots records.
But Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are actually in the business of rejuvenating classic tropes. The Fourth Of July carnival march of 2011’s debut single ‘The Death Of You And Me’ set the Birds’ perch high in terms of reinvigorating the fine art of bandstand brass. ‘AKA… What A Life!’ slapped house pianos over rattling Sopranos rock to create something Jason Bourne might ski away from gun-toting governmental pursuers to. With Liam’s Beady Eye in tatters, Noel’s new lease of melodic life and willingness to write a whole High Flying Birds album himself were swiftly becoming the best reasons for Oasis to stay split.
Chatting casually with the front row drunks and joking about how “it sounds like a fookin’ kid’s animated series, Tufnell Park, let’s see if the Psychedelic Squirrel turns up or something”, Noel looks an accomplished frontman refreshingly short on attitude and glower. With the Oasis reunion offers still some way off ‘tempting’ he seems settled in for the long haul. The four new songs from second album ‘Chasing Tomorrow’ that he premieres tonight delve deeper into Americana noir rock, but there’s a very British indie twist. ‘Riverman’ is swampy southern blues fed through The Charlatans ‘One To Another’, ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ and ‘Lock All The Doors’ are hallucinogenic highway chuggers and ‘The Dying Of The Light’ is all maudlin piano, drowsy acoustics and classic Noelisms (“I tried my best to get there/But I can’t afford the bus fare”).
It’s promisingly expansive stuff, and nestles neatly alongside the stripped down Oasis tunes he plays towards the end “for the mums and dads”. ‘Fade Away’, ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ all prompt terrace sing-alongs to rival any cup final. Noel is relying less on his past though, chasing tomorrow. And catching up fast
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