It’s been just over three years since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their self titled debut album, giving the former Oasis singer, song-writer and guitarist a new start after the end of the Brit pop band back in 2009. Recently we were starting to worry that it might have been the first and last album for the Birds, but out of nowhere they’ve announced that they will be back with their follow up album, Chasing Yesterday next year.
To give us all a little glimpse of what to expect from the album, Noel and his feathery friends have also put out the music video for In The Heat Of The Moment, the first single from the upcoming album. You can take a listen for yourself with the stream below, as well as checking out the full Chasing Yesterday track list to see the rest of the songs that will be available when the record is released on vinyl, CD and digital download on the 2nd March 2015.
The single, which has been scheduled for a release date of the 16th November 2014, is a classic Noel Gallagher bass, electric guitar and drums track that sets the course for the rest of the album next year. The twisting and railing wood percussion does a lot to give the track some wings, and the faint edges of madness in the nanana chorus make it a lot less straight-laced than it could have been without it.
Listening to In The Heat Of The Moment and looking at the track list below, it’s clear that this is not going to be the much rumoured psychedelic album that Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds were hotly tipped to produce on the back of their debut record. Instead it’s shaping up to be a direct continuation and evolution of the opening album, giving Noel a vehicle to do what he does best, Brit-pop tunes with alt-rock sentiments, although it would have been cool to hear the tracks in the mix for a potential psych album.
As well as announcing Chasing Yesterday and putting the single up as a music video stream through YouTube, the Birds have also confirmed a short series of UK tour dates for 2015 coinciding with the album release. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 15th October 2015 with gigs in Belfast, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester and London – see full details for the tour below.
If you can’t make it to any of the 2015 UK gigs, the band will also be putting on a short European tour next year too, including a stop off in Dublin mid way through the UK dates. Again, full details are below, but the EU tour bus will be calling in on Paris, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Utrecht and Brussles to complete their return to live performances. We’d also expect them to be making a few festival announcements in the next six months or so too.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Chasing Yesterday track list:
2. In The Heat Of The Moment
3. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
4. Lock All The Doors
5. The Dying Of The Light
6. The Right Stuff
7. While The Song Remains The Same
8. The Mexican
9. You Know You Can’t Go Back
10. Ballad Of The Mighty I
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2015 UK tour dates:
Tues 3rd March – Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Fri 6th March – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Sat 7th March – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Mon 9th March – Arena, Manchester
Tues 10th March – O2 Arena, London
2015 European tour dates:
Weds 4th March – 3 Arena, Dublin
Thurs 12th March – Zenith, Paris
Sat 14th March – Fabrique, Milan
Mon 16th March – Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin
Tues 17th March – Store Vega, Kopenhagen
Thurs 19th March – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf
Fri 20th March – TivoliVrendenburg, Utrecht
Sun 22nd March – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels