Noel Gallagher, the legendary frontman of High Flying Birds, made an appearance on Greatest Hits Radio to discuss his first new music in three years. The interview kicked off with a playful exchange between Noel and host Ken Bruce before delving into the singer’s upcoming album, “Council Skies,” and how the pandemic has affected his songwriting.
Noel, who turned 50 in 2017, talked candidly about getting older and his readiness for a mobility scooter. “My forties were my absolute peak, but from the minute I woke up on the first day of my fifties, it’s just been one thing after another,” he said. “The slightest knock stays with you for ages, and then once that’s cleared up, it’s something else. But there’s a lot of experience now, and I feel a lot more experienced at life itself.”
Discussing his new album, Noel shared that “Council Skies” is a reflective record. “None of us had been through [the pandemic] before, and we didn’t actually know how we were going to get out of it for a long time,” he explained. “I finished every song that was half-written and wrote some new ones. I would have preferred to write it in a different atmosphere, but it was a weird time for everybody.”
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Noel is excited to be hitting the road again soon. “I’m on tour in a few weeks, looking forward to that,” he said. “It’s America first, and the last few world tours I’ve undertaken, I’ve tried to start in America because the crowd I’ve got over there are quite a more considered and older crowd, which gives the band a chance to play in before you get the chaos of back in England.”
With “Council Skies” set to drop soon, fans can look forward to a reflective and honest record from one of the most iconic musicians of our time.