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new album, * 1 star out of 5 (just like our review). Finally one that is not a sycophant, hypocrite, arse licker of the media darling Noel.

It’s 2017: rock music is irrevocably dead. It’s a zombie form, shuffling along with scraps of flesh falling off its crumbling bones. It’s a bad smell. Such a figure is terrifying not for any destructive power it might possess, but simply for its uncanny presence: what is it doing here, now? This is not where it belongs. How can we escape it?
Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds practise a particularly guileless, tub-thumping, broad-strokes version of this pungent, hollowed-out genre. Perhaps this is to be expected – we’re talking about a middle-aged Manchester City fan who’s last memorable contribution to his art appeared more than two decades ago.
There have been children born, raised, educated, employed and ruined in the years since Noel Gallagher last released a collection of music that meant anything to people. But, thanks to the regressive cultural time-warp in which we are all trapped, and thanks to the predictability of the British music press, he lingers.
Apparently having been a major figure in the 1990s is considered reason enough to lavish yet more time and attention on a career that long ago ran out of steam. At this remove, 1996 feels like another universe entirely.
Who Built The Moon? begins with a pumping, looping track called Fort Knox, which appears tailor-made for the kind of advertisements they show at half-time on Sky Sports. It’s meant to be energising, a big, dumb statement of intent to kick things off. It builds and builds – there’s a terribly annoying alarm clock ringing through the middle of it – but doesn’t go anywhere. It will become a familiar feeling.
Most of the lyrics on Who Built The Moon? seem to be going for a sort of naive, nursery rhyme feeling: repetitive, riddled with stock phrases, wrought in only the most familiar, leaden shapes. They are almost completely shorn of melody, and whenever one does appear, it is hammered repeatedly until it turns to dust. “The one I love / The one I love / She is divine / She’s out to blow my mind / The one I love / The one I love / She taught me to fly / She taught me how to fly…” It’s genuinely mind-numbing.

Cause of embarrassment
There are musical gestures here that would be a cause of embarrassment if you heard them played by a gang of black-clad teenagers at a Saturday afternoon battle of the bands in a rural parish hall. In Be Careful What You Wish For, a basic practice-room lick on the acoustic guitar intro gives way to something that is meant to be possessed of a smoky, mechanic blues. Instead, when the vocals start matching the guitar – “chick-a-paw” – it is very hard not to laugh. From the music to the lyrics – a platitudinous, again curiously adolescent, portrait of an outsider – it’s awkward and childish.

Be Careful What You Wish For is one of several tracks to feature an electronic tint courtesy of producer David Holmes. This typically amounts to some wan backing vocals, a rigid beat, a glitter of synthesised texture. There’s some flutters of gently warped tape delay in the intros and outros, and a couple of instrumental tracks that don’t do very much except provide respite from Gallagher’s laboured singing. The sound is ultimately, and unintentionally, claustrophobic: the instruments are robbed of any character they might have had, blunted and compressed into an overstuffed void. 

Prefabricated gestures
It’s not hard to imagine these songs being played on large festival stages, and not just because it often sounds like they were recorded on one. There’s a sense of meaningless spectacle, an opulent set of prefabricated gestures utterly lacking in ingenuity or imagination, performed for the lack of a better idea. Nothing shocks, nothing stirs.
It’s telling that the best song here is an acoustic bonus track, Dead in the Water, recorded live in RTÉ’s studios. It’s the kind of song that wouldn’t even have made a B-side in Gallagher’s heyday – and there’s an apparently endless train of bright-eyed young lads doing this thing on the radio every day of the week – but still the song has more charm and immediacy than anything else to be found Who Built The Moon? At least there’s personality there, a surprising dose of directness after all the gussied-up inhumanity that preceded it.
“You’ve got the love, I’ve got the brains,” Gallagher sings on Black And White Sunshine– fair enough, but does anybody have a half-decent tune? Does anyone here have anything new or interesting to say? Who Built The Moon? would suggest not. Remove some of the varnish and this record could have been made any time in the last 70 years. It’s the stale, musty sound of a glorified pub band going through the motions. Rock is dead; this is a pantomime.
The Irish Times
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8
 

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