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Noel Gallagher flies high with his Birds

REVIEW: Alternative rock fans in Bangkok so often suffer through droughts of quality international bands coming through, but recently with Suede and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds playing, we have enjoyed at the very least, a mere trickle.

By Coconuts Bangkok

Friday 28 September 2012, 02:03PM

Photo by Som Tum.

Photo by Som Tum.

The concert on September 20 was held at BITEC, which for anyone who has never visited before is a collection of colossal eyesores which has the day job of being an exhibition centre.

Support came from Hugo, a half Thai, half British man of royal descent who is based in New York and is signed to Roc Nation, Jay Z’s label. 

For Hugo’s set the crowd looked suspiciously Thai but at the point Noel came to the stage, the crowd got fatter, balder and more ‘farang,’ as normal Oasis fan protocol was resumed.

Noel and Co. warmed up with the formerly Liam fronted, It’s Good To Be Free, an old Oasis b-side, and Noel showed that anything Liam can sing, Noel can sing better. Liam may have the attitude and the swagger that brought Oasis fame, but realistically, his voice is nowhere near as strong as Noel’s. An excellent version of the old song.

Mucky Fingers, from Don’t Believe The Truth, Oasis’ 2005 album followed. A great live song with all instruments synchronously pounding with the sort of energy and intensity that you might expect from The Who 40 or 50 years ago.

Everybody’s On The Run was our first look at the new material and the longest track on the album and not exactly a sing along track but one which shows his talent as a songwriter.

Dream On came next and showed us that Noel still writes belting pop songs. This is a three minute pop piece and follows in a similar vein to The Importance of Being Idle with its slightly whimsical lyrics: “I’m hiding from a razor blade, it’s hanging in the kitchen. The kids outside, they’ve drank up all the lemonade, the bitch keeps bitching.”

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The gang ran through three more High Flying Birds tracks before the interlude including the two singles If I Had a Gun and The Death of You and Me. They also played D’yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?, Supersonic, Talk Tonight, and Half the World Away.

The encore began with Let The Lord Shine A Light on Me, probably the most Oasis sounding song by the HFBs. This song really showed just how well Noel can still sing. He is 45 years old and still hits notes with the required amount of accuracy for a rock singer without sounding polished.

On this song, he particularly showcases how powerful and distinctive his voice is.
To finish with, a three song singalong of Oasis classics starting with Whatever. Little by Little followed next and the crowd made sufficient effort but really all the energy went into the last song of the evening Don’t Look Back in Anger.

Having seen Oasis before, I would say this sounded better. Tighter, more powerful and so well balanced between guitar and piano. The crowd knew every word and went crazy for this song.

A great end to a great show.

Ian Leslie/Coconuts Bangkok

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