Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are an English rock band formed in 2011 as the solo moniker of former Oasis lead guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher. The band consists of former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Jeremy Stacey of The Lemon Trees, The Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard and guitarist Tim Smith. The band also has a variety of guests on their debut album such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The Wired Strings.
Since his departure from Oasis in August 2009, many speculated that Gallagher might record a solo album. In July 2011, he held a press conference to confirm that this was the case, after denying rumours from his brother Liam Gallagher that he had already heard the tracks featured on it. He also explained that he would be collaborating with Amorphous Androgynous for a second album that was due for release in 2012.
The singles for Gallagher's debut album are "The Death of You and Me", "If I Had a Gun...", "AKA... What a Life!", ""Dream On"" and "Everybody's on the Run". AKA... What a Life! made its debut on a Vauxhall television advertisement.
Gallagher announced that he will begin touring a week after the album is released. He stated, "We're going to go out on tour a week after the album is out. We're going to start off slow in small theatres. If it's good enough to get bigger than that then it'll get bigger than that. I don't think there'll be a huge great big tour this year. I think this year it'll be a quick whizz around the world and try and do the major cities and then it will probably be a bigger tour next year."
Gallagher explained in an interview with Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross Show that the inspiration for the band's name was from two sources. The idea to prefix the name with "Noel Gallagher's" was formed whilst washing up dishes listening to the album Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, while the latter part of the name is taken from the song "High Flying Bird" by Jefferson Airplane.
Break-up of Oasis (2009—2010)
Since the release of Oasis' Dig Out Your Soul (2008), speculation had been rife that Noel Gallagher intended to go solo; however on 12 July 2009, it was announced through the Oasis publicist that this was not true. Things changed less than two months later, though, following a fight between the Gallaghers in a backstage area which reportedly resulted in Liam breaking Noel's guitar and then storming off. On 28 August 2009 Oasis' manager announced the cancellation of their concert at the Rock en Seine festival near Paris just minutes before it was about to begin, along with the cancellation of the European tour and a statement that Oasis "does not exist anymore". Two hours later, a statement from Noel appeared on the band's website writing that "with some sadness and great relief...I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."
High Flying Birds and scrapped Amorphous Androgynous album project (2011—2012)
His solo career plans began in earnest after the demise of Oasis, on 6 July 2011, Gallagher held a press conference in London during which he announced that Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds would release a self-titled album on 17 October 2011, and a second collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous would be released in 2012. In July 2011, he released his debut single "The Death of You and Me", to positive reviews. Following the success of "The Death of You and Me", Gallagher confirmed on his website that the band's next UK single would be "AKA... What a Life!" which was released on 11 September 2011. "If I Had a Gun...", Gallagher's first US single, was made available on the Apple Store on 20 September 2011. Gallagher's second album was to be a collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous, due in late 2012. He said, "It sounds a bit like Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The sound is similar to High Flying Birds, but more psychedelic and tripped out. It's not an electronic project. People are jumping to that conclusion because Amorphous Androgynous used to be an electronic outfit."
In the press conference, explaining solo album material and collaboration talk, Gallagher admitted the collaboration is "fucking far out. It's got like 18 tracks on it, some of it's krautrock, some of it's soul, some of it's funk and that's just the first song." Then later confessing, that he's nervous about releasing his second solo album with Amorphous Androgynous. "A lot of people are looking forward to it, which I'm a bit nervous about. They're building it up in their own minds, thinking it's going to be something it might not be when they hear it. It's fucking good, but I probably shouldn't have announced it. But I just thought, 'It's finished, so fuck it, here's what I've been working on.'" He later found it hard to say "no comment" to journalists, adding, "I'm just cursed with an absolute endless stream of one-liners. I'm sorry about that. People say it's the way I talk in interviews that makes people interested. But they just mean I'm honest. 'Oh, he's got a way with honesty, that lad…' How depressing is that?" On 16 March 2012, Gallagher announced that his next EP titled Songs from the Great White North would be released exclusively for Record Shop Day on 21 April 2012. The EP is made up of B-sides and includes his recent collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous, "Shoot a Hole Into the Sun".
Second solo album (2013—present)
On 15 August 2013, Noel had been scheduled to join Andy Goldstein and Jason Victor Cundy for the talkshow, Talksport for Sports Bar to discuss Manchester City topics and much more. When rivaled of questions from fans on Twitter and through Email, Andy Goldstein read through speculations of rumours of an Oasis reunion for Gallagher while on the show, and once again switched off any possible Oasis Reunion rumours for 2014, and then had been asked if he was working on any new 'High Flying Birds' material, he confirmed with the talkshow:
"I've got tons of songs leftover from the last one. What am I doing at the moment? I'm writing, putting stuff together. I'll definitely make another one, [a new album], that's for sure! I don't want to go back out on the road though, that's the thing." Guarding any more of detail of a new second solo album, Gallagher was then asked for a release date of new material, and with hesitation, he said: "It'll probably come out when it's finished, I don't know."
Gallagher claimed on 20 October 2013 as well that his most recent songs that were written solely for the new album are his 'best songs ever' written. “I finished it and I played it (the new songs), I think ‘That’s pretty good! In fact, it might be the best song I’ve ever written!’ — Until I heard ‘Rock and Roll Star’ on the radio, and go, ‘Yeah… it’s not that good!’.”
On February 17, 2014, Rosie Danvers and The Wired Strings collaborated with Noel Gallagher for his second solo album, recording strings for one track. The session occurred at the Abbey Road Studios in London, according to the Wired Strings website.
- Studio albums
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (2011)
- Noel Gallagher – vocals, guitars, bass (2010–present)
- Touring members
- Mikey Rowe – keyboards (2010–present)
- Jeremy Stacey – drums (2010–present)
- Tim Smith – rhythm guitar (2011–present)
- Russell Pritchard – bass, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (2011–present)
Awards and nominations
|2012||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||British Male Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||Best Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||Best Album||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher launches his solo career with press conference||Greatest Music Moment Of The Year||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher||Hero Of The Year||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher||Godlike Genius||Won|
|2011||Noel Gallagher||Q Icon||Won|
|2012||"Everybody's on the Run"||Best Video||Nominated|
|2012||Noel Gallagher||Best Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2013||Noel Gallagher||Q Icon||Won|
Nordoff Robbins Awards
|2013||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||Best Live Act||Nominated|
Ivor Novello Awards
|2013||Noel Gallagher||Outstanding Song Collection||Won|