Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce new album, Who Built the Moon?, reveal 2018 tour dates

The new project from the former Oasis member also features Johnny Marr and Paul Weller


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    Noel Gallagher has announced Who Built the Moon?, a new album from his High Flying Birds project. In a move that’s sure to spark even more animosity between the former Oasis brethren, the record is due out November 24th, just over a month after Liam Gallagher drops his anticipated debut solo effort, As You Were.

    Who Built the Moon? follows 2015’s Chasing Yesterday and was recorded after a “bracing, two-year creative collaboration” with producer/DJ David Holmes. Unlike past efforts which found Gallagher writing alone most of the time, the 11 tracks on this new LP were written in Belfast and London studios right alongside Holmes. The results are an album that finds Gallagher exploring “French psychedelic pop as much as classic electro, soul, rock, disco and dance…”

    “People are going to be surprised,” Holmes said in a statement. “I think people love Noel and they’re desperate for him to make a really big, bold, up-tempo beast of a record – a lot of Noel’s music is quite mid-tempo. This one is fun.”


    Gallagher was also joined in studio by guest musicians Paul Weller of The Jam (organ on “Holy Mountain”) and Johnny Marr (guitar and harmonic on “If Love is the Law”). While Gallagher calls “Holy Mountain” “one of the best things that I’ve ever done,” his brother Liam is already taking cockney shots at his reliance on special guests and his shift towards psych:

    Regardless of Liam’s opinions, Who Built the Moon? is out November 24th via Sour Mash Records/Caroline Records. You can pre-order it here, while the artwork, tracklist, and a trailer are below.


    Who Built the Moon? Artwork:

    Who Built the Moon? Tracklist:
    01. Fort Knox
    02. Holy Mountain
    03. Keep On Reaching
    04. It’s A Beautiful World
    05. She Taught Me How To Fly
    06. Be Careful What You Wish For
    07. Black & White Sunshine
    08. Interlude (Wednesday Part 1)
    09. If Love Is The Law
    10. The Man Who Built The Moon
    11. End Credits (Wednesday Part 2)

    Bonus track:
    Dead In The Water (Live at RTÉ 2FM Studios, Dublin)

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will take to the road in support of their latest offering come next year. They’ll play a North American leg from February through March before trekking through England and Ireland in April and May. Find their complete itinerary below.

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2018 Tour Dates:
    02/09 – Detroit, MI @ The Cathedral at Masonic Temple
    02/10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
    02/12 – Washington, DC @ Anthem
    02/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
    02/15 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
    02/17 – Boston, MA @ Opera House
    02/18 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts/Salle Wilfrid Pelletier
    02/20 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    02/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Goodyear Theater
    02/24 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    02/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
    02/27 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
    02/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    03/02 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre
    03/03 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    03/05 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theater At ACL Live
    03/06 – Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
    03/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
    03/10 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    03/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum
    04/22 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
    04/24 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro
    04/25 – Aberdeen, UK @ BHGE Arena
    04/27 – London, UK @ The SSE Arena Wembley
    04/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    05/01 – Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Arena
    05/03 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
    05/04 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
    05/06 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
    05/07 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
    05/09 – Belfast, UK @ The SSE Arena
    05/10 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena