- 27 May 22
Supersonic for the troops.
LG performing lead single ‘Everything’s Electric’ on Jimmy Fallon – wrapped in combat parka, shaking maracas, that stance, that voice – showed that the man Roger Daltrey knighted as one of the last bastions of old-school rock, abides. Bonehead – a Promethean figure in the mythology of Oasis – stood beside him, ice-cool, one of four axe-men riffing on the Stones-inflected track.
The rooftop video to ‘Better Days’ harks back to ‘Supersonic’, by way of ‘Get Back’, the drums reminiscent of Ringo on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, and completed with George Martin-style multitracked orchestral flourishes. ‘Oh, Sweet Children’ channels Lennon’s sage, Dakota-era delivery, imparting “I can only offer you my love.”
As with their forefathers Lennon and McCartney, Noel and Liam Gallagher have a liking for talking to each other through song. ‘Moscow Rules’ is, perhaps, a poignant pinnacle of that conversation: “Paralysed by memories of ruined afternoons/ Get out of bed and come sing us a tune/ Nothing’s new, nothing’s cool/ Here again and baby we’re both fools.”
Is C’mon You Know the ultimate comeback? Probably not – Liam was never down and out. Still, there is something of the streetfighter’s bravura about the trilogy of records that have paved the path for his second accession to the throne.
Legendary swagger intact, across the record he delivers philosophical aphorisms overflowing with empathy, pithy guidance and deep stoicism. And it looks like he has hooked an entire new generation of disciples as if it were summer ‘96.
Listen: ‘Everything’s Electric’
C'mon You Know is out now via Warner.