It has been confirmed that Noel Gallagher has begun work on his second solo album, which has, according to his long-term associate Mark Coyle, captured the spirit of Oasis’ debut, Definitely Maybe. Coyle, who co-produced the Oasis debut, told the NME that he has already heard demos from Gallagher’s early recording sessions in New York.
‘Noel’s new album is fucking great,’ Coyle enthused. ‘It reminds me in some respects of the spirit of Definitely Maybe, because it’s so obviously exciting. That boy is from a different planet, and even the fans won’t believe how utterly amazing it is.’
Coyle told the NME that Gallagher has already written between fifty and sixty songs for the new album. ‘He’s not exactly struggling for an eleventh song to complete the album. It’s pouring out of him and he’s currently whittling it all down into an album. The new record will be seismic. It’s so explosive that, on the day it comes out, Virgin Trains won’t be able to cope with all the people trying to flee the chaos.’ Perhaps Coyle, who has been friends with Gallagher since their days in the Inspiral Carpets’ road crew in the 1990s, missed his calling as a PR man.
Coyle discussed his involvement in the twentieth anniversary remastered edition of Definitely Maybe (you know, the one that Liam Gallagher told you not to buy). Coyle spent six months sifting through demos and live recordings to come up with the stellar tracklisting of bonus material for the three-disc special edition.
As the next few years will be a boon of remastered material from the golden days of Britpop, Coyle is already keeping busy. Currently he is working on an expanded edition of former Shack singer Michael Head’s 1997 album The Magical World Of The Strands, which Coyle produced. He is also planning to tour with his own band Tailgunner, which famously featured Noel Gallagher on drums. ‘I’ve sacked Noel as our drummer,’ Coyle joked. ‘Okay, so really he’s too busy.’
Noel Gallagher spoke to Rolling Stone about his solo album plans last December during his epic end-of-year tirade. He revealed that he already had enough material to start recording his record. At the time, he outlined his plans to spend 2014 in a studio, and even noted that he hoped to record in New York. When asked if his new album would be recorded under his High Flying Birds moniker, he joked, ‘Probably…, it’s such a fucking good name. I might change the Noel Gallagher bit — call it ‘Paul McCartney’s High Flying Birds’ and see if I sell any more tickets in America.’