Noel Gallagher has said that the lack of outspoken bands in the current rock music scene is because musicians are "s***-scared of social media".
Interviewed as part of a feature in NME, the High Flying Birds frontman discussed the state of the music industry with Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson, La Roux’s Elly Jackson and Courtney Barnett.
Asked why so many bands choose to play it safe, Gallagher replied: "It's because they're s***-scared of social media! They're s***-scared of somebody killing it before it's started. One of the main differences for me is that bands these days are careerists."
Gallagher also claimed that if Oasis were to start out tomorrow they would have had "nowhere near the impact because you’re judged instantly on your first gig, and then Radio 1 will judge you on how many f***ing followers you’ve got on Facebook".
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
Rock and pop highlights of 2015
1/5 Mark Lanegan Band - touring from 20 January
The most intriguing performance prospect of a fairly docile January is the arrival of the Mark Lanegan Band for a clutch of shows in support of the recent masterly album Phantom Radio. Expect soul-ravaged blues fatalism as Lanegan confronts dark memories and apocalyptic visions with apparent sangfroid, his baritone croon traversing soundscapes of chugging electropop, spiralling guitars and courtly pop melancholy.
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2/5 Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night released 2 February
An album on which Dylan sings Sinatra, a performer in whose voice he claimed to hear "death, God, the universe, everything". He's eschewing the usual swaddling orchestrations in favour of relaxed small-combo versions, recorded with his own band. They're not cover versions, he explains: "They've been covered enough. Buried, as a matter of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day."
3/5 The War on Drugs - touring from 16 February
2014's breakout US indie band will arrive for a string of British dates. Songwriter/frontman Adam Granduciel's blending of Dylanesque vocals, stadium-pop melodies and guitar drones should appeal to fans of Neil Young and My Bloody Valentine alike, and these shows offer the perfect opportunity to check whether they’re as loud and overbearing as Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek claims in his amusing song "War on Drugs: Suck My Cock". Thankfully, music is big enough to accommodate both.
4/5 The Jesus and Mary Chain - touring from 16 February
Having bowed to the demand to perform their debut Psychocandy in its entirety – a move that places them firmly in the rock-heritage classicist ranks, rather than the punk-nihilist cadre of their original 1980s inception – the re-formed Mary Chain take their sweet white whine around the country. Expect: great tunes; loud feedback. Don’t expect: a revolution.
5/5 Nicki Minaj - touring from 28 March
Initial reaction to Nicki Minaj's new album The Pinkprint is mixed, but however its more assertively autobiographical songs transfer to the live arena, bangers like "Want Some More" and "Anaconda" suggest that her upcoming shows should pack some punch. And the flamboyant diva can surely be relied on to put on a show. But what will be the colour-scheme? Think pink.
"Now, the manager is accountable to the A&R guy, who's accountable to the guy above him, who's gonna lose his f***ing job," he said.
The former Oasis frontman recently sent a message out for modern bands in yet another outspoken interview, where he said that "if you're number one you must be s***."
Gallagher is set to release High Flying Bird’s new LP 'Chasing Yesterday' on 2 March 2015.
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