Just as Noel Gallagher could only have written late 20th century hymns like 'Rock ’n’ Roll Star' and 'Live Forever' as a young man on the cusp of a great adventure, so he could only have written Chasing Yesterday now. There are anthems of the kind Gallagher does so well, but moments of quiet reflection too. The album is musically far-reaching and lyrically questioning without ever taking itself too seriously. It's a rock'n'roll classic that’s big enough to handle a bit of space jazz.
Chasing Yesterday follows the success of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which was a shock to nobody more than Noel Gallagher, and which set his life off on an unexpected, post-Oasis direction. “I wasn't ready for the positive reaction from the album and the solo gigs,” he says. “At first I thought I’d just about tolerate being a centre-stage singer every night but I really enjoyed it, probably because neither I nor the audience had any expectations and just went with it. I was amazed that it got to an arena level so quick.”
The self-produced new album has swiftly picked up where Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds left off. Released on the 2nd March 2015, Chasing Yesterday entered the UK charts at # 1 and in doing so set the benchmark for the fastest UK first week record sales of 2015, a record that still stands over seven months later, eclipsing releases from the likes of Mumford and Sons, Muse and Florence and the Machine.
Sold out arena shows quickly followed, featuring a full choir and brass section. Then European and North American tours and celebratory headline festival appearances including T In The Park, Latitude and Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. This year has already seen the Chasing Yesterday tour play the UK, Ireland, Europe, Japan, Canada, USA, Mexico and Russia.
Since 2011 Noel has won a huge array of awards including the highly prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection in 2013, the NME Godlike Genius Award in 2012 and the Q Icon Award.
"Even in these challenging times for paid-for music, Gallagher has bucked the prevailing trend for rock stars that ditch their mega-selling bands to go it alone, and emerged as a highly successful solo artist" – Q Magazine
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