Liam Gallagher Teams with Stone Roses' John Squire for Collaborative Album

Lead single "Just Another Rainbow" lands on January 5

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 21, 2023

If you're hoping 2024 brings double the blokes, you're in luck: former Oasis lad Liam Gallagher has announced a collaborative album with fellow Mancunian John Squire of the Stone Roses.

Produced by Greg Kurstin (who worked on Gallagher's last two solo albums), the record also features Joey Waronker on drums. Its first single, "Just Another Rainbow," will be released on January 5 — and is now available for pre-order on 7-inch vinyl.

In a promotional video for the track, Gallagher called Squire "without a doubt the best guitarist of his generation and in the world, in my opinion," while the Stone Roses guitarist likewise sang the voice of Manchester's public transit announcements' praises as "one of the all-time great rock and roll voices. I put him in the same class as Dylan, Lennon, Jagger and Rotten."

Gallagher continued in a statement, "Everyone always bangs on about [Squire] 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," Gallagher said of the album. "But I think even when you take all the fucking guitars off, you can play the songs all on acoustic and they'll all still blow your mind."

Of the single, Squire added, "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."

Gallagher also hinted that there's a chance of the pair playing shows together, but he'll have to work around celebrating 30 years of Definitely Maybe with his solo band on tour — which he alleges brother Noel "refused" to join.

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