- 09 Dec 17
Plod Free Platter From Gallagher, Snr.
In this age of bland talent show pop stars, and ten-a-penny indie chancers, it’s a relief to have Mayo’s favourite (grand) sons, the Gallagher brothers, back doing what they do best: taking lumps out of each other in public.
During their recent appearance on BBC’s Later…With Jools Holland, new High Flying Bird and Gallic lentil enthusiast, Charlotte Marionneau, was at a loss for what to do when she wasn’t singing. Noel: “I said to her, ‘can you play the tambourine?’ She said, ‘I cannot play the tambourine.’ I said, ‘Oh right. Shaker?’ ‘Non. I can play the scissors.’ A French bird in a cape playing the scissors? It doesn’t get any better than that.” In response, Liam requested someone peel spuds on stage with him, and, in Bethnal Green, a punter showed up with a potato and peeled it. You’d be a long time waiting for this kind of sport out of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
Yes, they’re wild craic altogether, and never boring. Never, that is, until you actually play one of their records. Liam shifted units with this year’s As You Were, but its contents paled significantly when pitted against the best of Oasis during his, admittedly blistering, set at the Lucan Samhain Festival. Noel has been ploughing a similarly plodding furrow since the split. The solo songs all mulched into one at his recent U2-supporting Croke Park slot, the crowd only waking up when he dipped into his old band’s bag.