As a long time fan of Oasis, I am ecstatic to hear that frontman, Liam Gallagher, is making a comeback. Finally, after not hearing any music from him since 2014 with Beady Eye he is returning to the spotlight with new music. Although in the past he has quoted in interviews that he prefers working in a band, on top of him demonising his elder brother Noel for going solo, it turns out that Liam will also be taking the same route and releasing a solo album this year.
Now there’s a lot of reasons I am excited for this, so I am just going to go ahead and tell you why…
Bringing back Rock ‘n’ Roll
I feel that when Liam comes back into the picture, he will be bringing back rock and roll again that today’s music just seems to be missing if I’m honest. I don’t hate today’s music, some of it’s pretty decent, and I’m not going to start spouting the, “I was born in the wrong generation” shit, but Oasis was fucking amazing for it’s time. They brought out some proper 90’s anthems, like Champagne Supernova and Live Forever and Liam’s voice is just a true representation of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It’s kind of sad because you don’t really hear it anymore, or not enough. If anything, I’m still waiting for Stone Roses to bring out some more tunes.
But in the meantime, I strongly suggest if you’ve never listened to Oasis, that you stop what you’re doing and go search them up. To sum up, if Liam’s solo album has even a shred of Oasis’ sound in, then that would be great. Having said that though, it would be interesting to see if it’s not like Oasis. It might turn out to be a pleasant surprise.
Sibling Rivalry: Gallagher vs Gallagher
The second half of Oasis and Liam’s older brother, Noel, has his successful solo career (also a big fan), ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’. Noel was the songwriter for Oasis, and he did a pretty great job of it as well. The two brothers worked together and performed magnificently, however their brutal conflicts and recurring arguments eventually drove the band into the ground. Despite their rivalry and silent treatments to this day, Liam still says that Noel is the best frontman. Noel’s solo career pisses off Liam, and it has for a while. He describes Noel’s new music as “boring” even going to the extent of saying it “sounds like Blur” (I’d go into that but that’s an article for another day).
Now I like Noel’s solo stuff, but in a way, I do understand what Liam means. It’s much more soft rock compared to what he used to do. Noel’s lyrics are still fantastic, especially ‘If I Had A Gun’, but the sound is noticeably (but not unpleasantly) different. But that’s one thing I know we can rely on with Liam, is that he never has and never will change. Now that both brothers are doing solo stuff I can predict more rivalries sprouting; more so over twitter. Well, more than usual anyway.
In Oasis, Liam was never much of a songwriter. Sure he wrote the odd song now and again, but that job was left up to Noel as he was just simply better at it, while Liam just performed. In Beady Eye, he wrote more pretty fantastic tunes along with band member, Andy Bell. Now this album could display the kind of hidden writing skills he possesses as it’s him on his own. He’s thrown himself in at the deep end. Whether it will be as good (maybe better?) than Noel’s; who can say? Some of my favourites by Liam are the songs ‘Songbird’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ and ‘Don’t Brother Me’. A song which was written as a clear dig at Noel mocking him.
As well as all of this, I also think it’s important to mention that the lead singer of The Verve, Richard Ashcroft, has accompanied Liam into helping him create this album. A person of experience after Richard has also recently released solo stuff (also marvellous). Hearing a duette on Liam’s album would be fabulous. It’s known that Liam has a lot of respect for Richard and vice versa. Richard also held off making music with Noel to help Liam with music, so it has to be worth something really good.
Imagine the hype of him performing. The crowds. Everyone there will go fucking insane at him, and the best part is that he will fucking love it. It’ll probably drive him to do more stuff, which I really hope he does. From what I could guess from him, is that he’s probably missed this or the feeling of making music again. Although you could argue he acts like a right arrogant knob onstage and in interviews, there’s no lie that he clearly lives for the music and loves what he does. Whether it’s in the recording studio or owning the stage, his stage presence is perfect. He has it down to a T and almost makes the crowds adore him.
The Impossible Dream of Liam Gallagher
It’s a long shot, but everyone is thinking it. The rumoured Oasis reunion. Could this solo album be a step closer to what the fans truly wish for? That would be the next big reunion since Stone Roses, and it would be the greatest thing ever. But there’s a reason I called it the impossible dream. Liam obviously wants the reunion, but Noel isn’t bothered. If anything, Noel has moved on with his life onto greater strengths. It’s not because Noel doesn’t like Oasis, he just isn’t bothered. In a way, this solo album could be Liam moving on finding his strengths. Plus as well as taking a break from demonising his brother but who knows? I might have a cynical view on all this saving myself from the disappointment later, but if it does happen, fucking hell I’m there.
Now the only thing left to do is wait. He says it’s arriving soon so fans are hopeful, but there has been no date mentioned. Even if it gets here and it isn’t all it’s hyped up to be, it still means he’s back in business. That in itself is fucking great.