As last summer came to a close, it seemed so did Liam Gallagher’s solo career. Since releasing ‘As You Were‘ in October 2017, the Gobby Gallagher brother seemed be a on a wave of never ending thrills performing around world on his first solo tours, to various festival headlining and 2 of his most massive shows to date in the summer of last year, Finsbury Park in London and Emirates Lancashire Cricket Club in his hometown of Manchester.
After all that carnage, nothing but a couple of tweets to keep fans occupied. Many people believed he had his run and there was nowhere else to go for this superstar, likewise there were many fans which believed there could be something still on the horizon.
Toward the end of 2018, he tweeted saying he had been with ‘an army of songwriters’ in LA. However, nothing seemed to come of it. Earlier on this year, he revealed there would be a film released later on in the year documenting his life with exclusive performances included called ‘As It Was‘. It may not have been quite what we were asking from Liam but fans were still satisfied.
As winter became spring, we had finally got the news all fans had been eagerly waiting for, a tweet simply stating ‘Album 2 in the bag Dya want some LG x’. Finally our prayers had been answered.
On the 6th of June, his documentary was released into cinema’s, the day after it was available to rent as a digital copy and finally available to purchase in stores on the 10th of June.
Despite all that, the key date in all this was June the 7th, the day his new single ‘Shockwave‘ was released. A track which shows his obvious swagger but a mix of his old style from Oasis with parts of his new solo style too.
This new tune by LG is very different to the previous tracks from his first album ‘As You Were‘. The opening is extremely powerful like many of the rock n roll ballads from Oasis’s first album ‘Definitely Maybe‘, I can hear ‘Slide Away‘ within the guitars starting slow building into something immense. However, the pace of the track is similar to ‘Greedy Soul‘ from his previous album. Vocally, I hear very similar tones to ‘She’s Electric‘ from ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory‘. That’s one of the things that makes this track so perfect, we have the parts of the cocky young man who was in oasis but it’s paired which a much more mature demeanour experimenting but not straying from what makes him great. Lyrically, this is one of his better solo tracks too just because of how visual some of the lines are ‘And the pain you feel, is washing over me‘. It is essential artists leave us guessing and give us chance to interpret the lyrics and with lyrics like theses, that’s exactly what Liam Gallagher has done.
Three days ago, the cheeky Mancunian got us all very excited once again sharing with social media his second solo album ‘Why Me? Why Not‘ will be released the 20th of September.
If it’s anything like ‘Shockwave‘ I for one, cannot f**king wait.