Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Having left Oasis the previous year after a typically turbulent backstage row with brother Liam at Manchester's Heaton Park, the eldest Gallagher sibling's first official foray into a "solo" career took off in 2010 with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, featuring the talents of Gallagher, former Oasis keyboard player Mike Rowe, Lemon Trees drummer Jeremy Stacey, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Cut from the same arena-sized, melodic Brit-pop cloth as the band he helped bring to prominence in the early '90s, the High Flying Birds released their debut single, "If I Had a Gun," in August 2011, followed by an eponymous, full-length debut in mid-October. It reached number one in the U.K., also performing well across the globe. In 2014, the single "In the Heat of the Moment" preceded the release of the High Flying Birds' second album, Chasing Yesterday in 2015. The band embarked on a promotional tour for the record throughout the next two years. A remix album entitled Where the City Meets the Sky: Chasing Yesterday: The Remixes saw release in the fall of 2015 and featured reworkings by the likes of Andrew Weatherall and 3D of Massive Attack. Gallagher teamed with producer David Holmes for Who Built the Moon?, a 2017 album that revived his love of noisy neo-psychedelia. ~ James Christopher Monger

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