Noel Gallagher announces first High Flying Birds single

By | Published on Thursday 21 July 2011

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has announced that he will release the first single by one of his two new solo projects, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘The Death Of You And Me’, on 21 Aug via his own Sour Mash label. The eponymous debut album with follow on 17 Oct.

Explaining the make up of the project, Gallagher said: “My manager asked me who the High Flying Birds are. They aren’t anyone in particular. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is me and whoever is around at the time of whatever it is that I’m doing, a loose collective kinda thing”.

And if you were hoping to hear the single, well tough. Asked if he’d be making the track (or any tracks) available for free by the NME, Gallagher said: “No, no. No free downloads. I value my music. I don’t sit in a studio, and fucking make it up as I go along, and go: ‘This one’s free, then’. I think if you buy it, you as a listener value it more. I’m just not into free downloads, and that’s an end of it. I know a lot of bands do it. Some of my favourite bands do it, like Kasabian for example, but it’s not something I would even consider. I never considered it in Oasis, and I’d never consider it now”.

He has been so good as to put out a music-less trailer for the single’s video though, which you can watch below.

But enough of this, what we really want to know is what Noel has to say about his brother Liam’s recent (ish) accusations that he had held back Oasis songs to use as solo material. He responded by saying that Liam is a “born liar”. So, that’s fun. Liam recently also called his brother a liar recently. One of them must be lying. Or maybe both of them. But if they’re both lying, then that means neither of them is a liar.

Anyway, sorry, got off track. Still speaking to the NME, Noel said of two Oasis era songs he has used: “Well, Liam talks a lot, doesn’t he? Unfortunately for Liam, he’s a born liar. Those songs have been recorded on two separate occasions, for two different albums, and vocals were never completed. I’ve re-recorded them in a different key, to suit my voice. They’re the two most Oasis sounding songs on the album. But whatever he says is bullshit”.

He added that songs on Beady Eye’s debut album, ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’, had also been worked on by Oasis prior to their split: “I remember playing drums on a version of ‘The Roller’. I’ve always liked that song. So there’s a version of that with me on it somewhere in the vaults. ‘The Morning Son’ has been around for the best part of five years. I’d heard a few of those tunes before … ‘Millionaire’ was gonna be on the last record, I always thought [‘The Roller’] was gonna be a fucking mega, mega hit for Oasis but it never got past the demo stage”.