Ex-Oasis bandleader Noel Gallagher made “Who Built the Moon?” — his third outing with his constantly evolving backup group High Flying Birds and most adventurous album in years — operating outside music business confines, with his own imprint, Sour Mash, he licenses around the world. He personally underwrote every experimental session in Northern Ireland with producer David Holmes. He didn’t worry that he might go too far: “I didn’t give a f— as long as the songs were great,” he says.
Lyrically, “Moon” sounds like it’s about maturity, family, fatherhood.
What the f—- hell? Don’t say that! I did not know that! It’s about… well, what is it about, then? There are some songs that are a really joyous experience, and it’s very uplifting; there’s a lot of hope in it. There are some songs about girls, some songs about how beautiful the world is, and some songs that are cautionary tales — messages to my kids. Maybe that’s the fatherhood thing you’re talking about.
You’ve said that you don’t watch the news. Was your songwriting affected by Brexit, Donald Trump or the new British hope Jeremy Corbyn?
They don’t affect my life. Well, Donald Trump maybe, because his views on the environment are pretty f—- scary, and that will affect my children. But politicians? They’re f—– idiots. They’re just economists, that’s all they are. But the one time I did watch the news, I was watching very early in the morning on the night that Trump accepted the presidency. And he came onstage looking like a man who’d just seen a f—- ghost, because he knew his life was over. He didn’t want to be president. He never worked a day in his life, and then he becomes president of the United States? What a f—— idiot!
So who, indeed, built the moon?
Well, nobody built it, of course. But it’s a bit like a conspiracy theorist, a f—- idiot who’s clearly watched “Star Wars” one too many times and has likened the moon to a death star. I thought it was a great album title.
But it’s not easy, being a dad, is it?
Well, life is what you make it. And you have to accept that being a father is the most profound thing you’ll ever do in your f—- life, and you have to embrace it, and you have to mourn your life as a single guy for a bit. And then you just f—– get on with it. And be aware that you’re putting these people onto the planet, so don’t f— them up.
IF YOU GO
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Where: Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
When: 8 p.m. March 10
Tickets: $37.50 to $77.50
Contact: (510) 302-2250, www.ticketmaster.com