Noel Gallagher is out promoting his upcoming new album Chasing Yesterday, and fans of the former Oasis guitarist know what a Noel Gallagher publicity tour means: a chance for Noel to complain about and insult musicians he doesn’t like. In an interview with the Evening Standard, Gallagher took aim at the newest crop of British rock stars for being too boring.
“There doesn’t seem to be any characters any more,” Gallagher said. “When you have proper characters, the music sort of becomes secondary — it looks after itself. Look at bands like The Smiths and The Jam — all great characters.” Gallagher also didn’t shy away from naming names, saying that he “would rather drink petrol” than listen to an interview with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.
Gallagher blames record labels for this new crop of “boring” artists, saying that it all started with major labels started buying up independent labels in the 1990s. “The new names like James Blunt, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J — they defer to the [record] labels,” he said. “The bands that I grew up with had a healthy dose of indifference and contempt towards their labels. That has gone.”
Chasing Yesterday comes out on March 3rd on Gallagher’s own Sour Mash Records.