The Stone Roses Meet Oasis, What Can We Expect from the John Squire – Liam Gallagher Album?

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Two of the heaviest weights in nineties English rock music have joined forces to revitalize rock and roll, and, probably, be a bridge to pour the hot magma of distorted guitars into the ears and brains of younger players.

Yes, after a season away from the stages and the guitar, Mr. John Squire, former Stone Roses guitar wizard has joined forces with none other than Liam Gallagher to put some new music out.

The result? Well, if all the new music coming from this duo is as bombastic as the single they put out, then this is a great time to be alive and playing rock and roll.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself, follow me to discover what the combustion of this dynamite duo can do for modern music.

“Just Another Rainbow” The New Single is Out

The moment I heard the opening riff of the new single released by two of the biggest stars in Britpop, I knew this was something big. Yes, the deep phaser moving psychedelically around a repeating guitar pattern with generous distortion is such a Squire trademark it feels like home.

It resembles that beautiful mix of ‘60s guitars and modern sounds The Music made so popular at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century.

That said, the moment the heavily processed vocals by Liam make an entrance, everything moves up a notch. The raspy, rocking, non-apologetic approach that has made Liam such a famous singer is right there still. Trying to cause a riot, trying to make you move.

The single was produced by legendary producer Greg Kurstin, a man who’s worked with artists the size of Paul McCartney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Beck, the Foo Fighters, and countless others (full production credits here).

He also plays bass in the song while the drumming was done by another legend, Joey Waronker, who also played with artists the size of Paul McCartney, Beck, R.E.M., The Who, Roger Waters, Johnny Cash, and a million others.

A Long Time in the Making

A Life-Changing Show

The first time that Liam and John met, it was a different century. Yes, the year was 1989, and, far from being one of the best-known faces on Earth, 16-year-old Liam Gallagher attended a Stone Roses gig in Manchester, at the International 2. During that time, the Stone Roses were presenting their first record; an album considered a timeless masterpiece of English music.

Liam described the experience as “life-changing”.

After that initial contact, Liam went on to pursue his musical dreams with his brother Noel in a band called Oasis. Four years went by and the future duo met while the Stone Roses were recording their second and final album, the amazing Second Coming and Liam was recording Definitely Maybe with Oasis. They were sharing the same city, Monmouth, Wales.

At the time, John heard the first bars of the superhit “Rock n Roll Star” and immediately knew his new friend and his band were after something big.

A Second Coming

After leaving the Stone Roses, John Squire formed another band called The Seahorses. When writing material to record, he got together with Liam again and they wrote a song called “Love Me and Leave Me” for The Seahorses.

You can hear the Liam-friendly chorus line and, if you close your eyes for a minute, that can be Liam’s voice instead of Chris Helme.

That was back in 1997, and that was their last collaboration until the live shows in 2022.

Knebworth Park Performances

John Squire got on stage for Oasis era-defining Knebworth shows in 1995. He joined the then-meteorically-rising superstars to play “Champagne Supernova”.

In 2022, John got on stage again to repeat the same performance sporting a maple-neck red Stratocaster and blending Paul Weller’s and Noel Gallagher’s original lead lines into one anthem-worthy solo that got the crowd to lose it completely.

That’s when the talks about musical collaboration really started for these musicians. According to Warner Music, the idea of joining creative forces with Liam and the prospect of playing again in front of large crowds got John Squire back in the music game.

The guitarist had put the six-stringer down for a while to concentrate on his visual arts talents.

 Songs Galore

That initial spark and rush gave way to John sending Liam three songs to work on. The word Liam used to describe them was “Mega”. Moreover, in a recent interview, he said “Everyone always bangs on about him as a guitarist, but he’s a top songwriter too … It’s good to see him back writing songs, and f***ing good ones.

The melodies are mega and then the guitars are a given. But I think even when you take all the guitars off, you can play the songs all on acoustic and they’ll all still blow your mind.”

The duo continued working at a distance, sharing demos, ideas, and reference points, some of which were Bob Marley, The Faces, The Bee Gees, Jimi Hendrix, and the Sex Pistols.

You can already grasp the psychedelia-meets-rock influence by reading those names.

The duo reunited at the studio John Squire owns in Macclesfield and finished at least four demos before departing for the recording sessions.

Some Days in Los Angeles

The combo of a star producer and bass player, a legendary drummer, the voice of a generation, and one of the most revered guitarists of the 20th century recorded “Just Another Rainbow” in three weeks in Los Angeles.

The song has Oasis-approved melodies and lyrics, enough psychedelic guitar riffs to put an airfield of hippies to dance, and some killer rocking grooves here and there with a modern sound that gives way to some retro flavors as well.

Is There More Music Coming Our Way?

According to a statement (formerly known as “tweet”) made by Liam Gallagher on X (formerly known as Twitter), they’re making a record. But not only that, with the humble approach that has been his trademark since the beginning of Oasis, he added “It’s the best record since Revolver … I’m being humble it pisses all over it.”

Those of us who love rock and roll and would love to hear it on the radio again are very happy about the good news.

Will they outdo the Fab Four? That’s about to be seen, but it’s a great moment to be alive and loving rock and roll.

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About Santiago Motto

Santiago is a guitar player with over 25 years of experience. A self-confessed guitar nerd, he currently tours with his band 'San Juan'. Called 'Sandel' by his friends, he has a pop palate for melodies, ballads, and world music. San especially has an immense love for telecasters and all-mahogany Martins.

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