Noel Gallagher Turns Down Producer Role on Libertines Record

Noel Gallagher Turns Down Producer Role on Libertines Record
Despite the offer, Noel Gallagher has turned down the chance to work with reunited UK indie rock faves the Libertines on their next album.

While Libertines guitarist Carl Barat recently expressed his desire to have the Oasis vet produce the band's new album, an interview with Gallagher explains that scheduling conflicts are preventing the two sides from actually entering the studio together.

"We've exchanged a few emails but unfortunately they want to do it in Thailand," Gallagher told NME, explaining that he'll be on the road with his High Flying Birds when the Libertines plan to record. "With the best will in the world, I'm on tour and I can't do it. I would genuinely love to be involved, but they're going to do it in Thailand and I can't be in Thailand."

While Gallagher recently cried foul over current UK artists like Arctic Monkeys, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran, the High Flying Birds leader praised the return of the Libs. With the group revisiting material not finished during their original run, Gallagher guessed that the record "should be good."

"As long as they don't overthink it, they'll be all right," he said.

As previously reported, the Libertines are currently working on their first full-length since their self-titled LP from 2004. Though an ETA is up in the air, the set will arrive via Virgin EMI.

Gallagher, meanwhile, will release his Chasing Yesterday on March 2 through Sour Mash.