Noel Gallagher, forever famous as one half of Oasis, has been doing terrific work with his newer band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The band released Who Built the Moon?, their third studio album, in November through Noel’s Sour Mash Records. Now on a US tour, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds perform at The Anthem in DC tonight, Feb. 12.
Producer David Holmes really pressed Noel and company when arranging the new album. The resulting songs, including nominal title track “The Man Who Built the Moon,” received positive reviews. In reflecting on the track, Noel commented, “We took a keyboard riff we liked from an unused track and added chords. A year later we came to deal with it as a song and when we got to the chorus, David kept asking me to write a new one… again and again and again. I was ready to strangle him. The one that you hear is the eighth attempt and, you know what? The annoying thing is he was right.”
The first single from the album was “Holy Mountain,” which was followed by second single “It’s a Beautiful World.” Watch the official music video for “It’s a Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on YouTube:
In a glowing review for NME, Mark Beaumont said, “NGHFB’s third album ‘Who Built the Moon?’ marks a grand sonic expansion. First single ‘Holy Mountain’ set the retro-revisionist tone — the sound of glam-era Bowie, The Vaccines, Showaddywaddy, and Ricky Martin all marching to Jona Lewie’s tin whistle — and its excitable, life-loving spirit infects Noel’s best album since ‘…Morning Glory.’”
See it live! Buy your tickets online.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Monday, Feb. 12
Doors @ 6:30pm