Liam Gallagher John Squire

Liam Gallagher has teamed up with John Squire for new single ‘Just Another Rainbow’, due out on 05 January 2024.

The track will be the first to come from the Oasis legend and influential Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter, with more new music to follow as next year unfolds.

The single is now available to pre-order on 7” vinyl – PRE-SAVE HERE:

John commented, “To me the most obvious take on ‘Just Another Rainbow’ is that it’s about disappointment, and the sentiment is that you never get what you really want. But I don’t like to explain songs, I think that’s the privilege of the listener, it’s whatever you want it to be. To me, it’s also one of the most uplifting tracks we’ve made together, which is weird.”

Liam added, “I think John’s a top songwriter. Everyone always bangs on about him as a guitarist, but he’s a top songwriter too, man, no two ways about it as far as I’m concerned. There’s not enough of his music out there, whether it’s with the Roses or himself. It’s good to see him back writing songs and fucking good ones. The melodies are mega and then the guitars are a given. But I think even when you take all the f*cking guitars off, you can play the songs all on acoustic and they’ll all still blow your mind.”

While this represents the duo’s first collaboration together, the first time they were in a room together was way back in 1989. The then 16-year-old Liam Gallagher attended a Stone Roses gig at the International 2 in Manchester around the time their self-titled debut album was released, a show that he describes simply as “life-changing.” It was another four years before they met when both bands were recording in Monmouth, Wales: Oasis had just started work on what would become ‘Definitely Maybe’ while The Stone Roses were deep into sessions for ‘The Second Coming’. And when John first heard ‘Definitely Maybe’ he knew it was something special within the opening few bars of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’.

Their friendship continued in the subsequent years, notably with the pair writing ‘Love Me and Leave Me’ for John’s later band The Seahorses, who also toured as guests to Oasis. But it wasn’t until John jumped on stage at Liam’s gargantuan Knebworth Park show for climactic performances of ‘Champagne Supernova’ that the prospect of working together on something more substantial became a reality.

After sending Liam three initial songs, John went on to write some more, with the duo then collaborating remotely and sending each other reference points. From thereon in, the project took on a life of its own.

After recording at John’s studio in Macclesfield, the pair completed three weeks of sessions in LA with producer Greg Kurstin who plays bass on the record, with drums courtesy of Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace).

With more music to come and the possibility of shows too, this long-rumoured collaboration looks set to live up to expectations.

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