Liam Gallagher riding high on his 'last roll of the dice' post-Oasis success
WHATSAPP December 26 2017 - 1:27PM Kylie Northover After the demise of his post-Oasis band Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher sat things out for a while, declaring that a solo career would be a "last roll of the dice".
He released his first solo album, As You Were in October, and has been touring solidly to sold-out crowds and rave reviews.
Liam Gallagher considers himself a singer rather than a songwriter. Liam Gallagher considers himself a singer rather than a songwriter. Photo: Secret Service Public Relations "Obviously you need a good record and the record's been going well. The band are playing well, I'm singing well and the gigs have been good, man," Gallagher told The Age ahead of his arrival in Australia this week.
"The crowds have been amazing, the gigs have been f---ing up there with the old-school Oasis ones, people jumping around and having a good time."
Liam Gallagher is hoping to soak up some sun Down Under. Liam Gallagher is hoping to soak up some sun Down Under. Photo: Secret Service Public Relations Before the album dropped, Gallagher wasn't sure what to expect.
"I'm a pretty … hard person to be a fan of. I can be a pain in the arse, you know what I mean? You just don't know whether people have had enough of you or not. But it's been good, man, knowing that people have come out and supported the record and seem to be liking it."
In the 1990s, when Britpop ruled, Liam was the Oasis frontman but it was his brother Noel who wrote the bulk of the songs. On As You Were, which debuted at No.1 in Britain, Gallagher has written a handful of songs and enlisted the help of Adele producer Greg Kurstin. There's a distinctly Oasis feel to some of the tracks, with – of course – shades of the Beatles and even David Bowie.
"I do the odd song every now and again and I've written a few on the album, but I wouldn't call myself a songwriter," he says. "I class myself as a singer more than anything else. That's the way I was brought up, just to sing songs, you know what I mean?"
Liam Gallagher: "I'm a pretty … hard person to be a fan of." Liam Gallagher: "I'm a pretty … hard person to be a fan of." Photo: Secret Service Public Relations With his touring band (Gallagher isn't completely sure who the musicians are: "Jay, the guitarist, was in Baby Shambles, Mike; don't know what band he was in, the drummer; don't know what band he was in, the bass player was in Kasabian and Beady Eye … I don't know but they're all good, man"), he's playing all the Falls festivals this week and sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney, and is looking forward to the Australian summer.
"Mate, I can't wait – it's pissing down here, there's fog, you can't see anything ... obviously Christmas is a good time and that but I'm looking forward to it."
And while he's not familiar with many of the bands he's sharing the bill with – "I don't really listen to new music" – he did name-drop Gang of Youths – "I heard they're good, wouldn't mind checking them out" – and says he's a fan of Sydney band DMAs.
"I went to one of their gigs in London and they're all right."
But he doesn't though that they sound like Oasis.
"No. They've got some good tunes – and they're good lads – but they're not as good as Oasis. I mean, yeah, they've got that Britpop thing, but no. No way, man."
If you've followed him on social media lately, you'll know Gallagher revels in his bad-boy, outspoken schtick, be it his ongoing feud with Noel – although he claims it's now "all good" after a pre-Christmas tweet he sent – or insulting other musicians (Florence Welch "sounds like someone's stood on her foot"; Mumford and Sons "look like they've got f---ing nits"; "I've mellowed but not in the sense of liking Radiohead or Coldplay"), or lamenting the lack of "proper" rock stars in today's musical landscape.
"They're all a bit quiet at the moment – I don't know what it is. Maybe there was something in the water in the '90s?"
Liam Gallagher plays Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on January 4 and Festival Hall in Melbourne on January 5.
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