Friday, July 08, 2011 • 6:01 AM Comments ()

Hail to the chief! Noel Gallagher finally announces solo album plans

posted by Michael Cimaomo

Familiar to Millions (album cover courtesy of Oasis)

Nearly two years after his departure from Britpop kings Oasis, Noel Gallagher (see photo, right) has finally confirmed the details surrounding his long-awaited solo album plans. And in a unique twist, it turns out that it won’t be just one record that he’ll be promoting.

During a press conference held in London Wednesday, Gallagher said that he will release his first-ever solo record Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds through his own Sour Mash label in England on October 17 with a U.S. release date set for November 8.

Recorded with a band of the same name, the disc includes some songs heard previously as Oasis demos such as “Stop the Clocks” and “(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine,” as well as other material that has somehow been kept under wraps for the last 18 months.

Additionally, a second already-recorded album produced by Gallagher in collaboration with DJ group the Amorphous Androgynous will likely hit stores sometime in the summer of 2012.

As one journalist at the press conference quipped, “Noel Gallagher solo albums are like buses. You wait for ages, then two come along at once.”

“It's really fucking far out man,” said Gallagher about the still-untitled second record. “It's the furthest out I've ever been. It's good though.”

Watch video of Noel Gallagher’s press conference, where he discusses solo album details as well as the break-up of Oasis and more here:

While the other members of Oasis have since regrouped under the moniker of Beady Eye and have already released a debut album and toured, the speculation surrounding former band leader Noel appears to have been especially intense.

Due to his status as the main songwriter for the British rockers, many fans have seen Gallagher as being responsible for Oasis’ success. And now that he’s on his own, they anxiously await the next step in his musical direction.

Still, despite such hype Gallagher himself doesn’t seem too worried.

He said, “I guess if I go out on stage and play the first song and nobody claps then it will be like, ‘Fuck.’ You know? But surely the wife will clap because it’s in the marriage contract somewhere. So I think it will be alright. I hope it will be alright anyway.”

For more information on Noel Gallagher or to see future tour dates please visit www.noelgallagher.com.

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