May 26, 2005. Mark that in your calendar as the day Oasis have set for the release of their next album. What better way to fight off writer's block, a miserable Glastonbury headlining show, a failed session with potential producers Death In Vegas and general pressure to follow up 2002's lackluster Heathen Chemistry but to give yourself a finish-line and say, "get there".
Talking last night on London's Sky One show, Tim Lovejoy And The Allstars, Noel Gallagher said, "May 26. We’ve got a release date now, which is why it’s been meandering for a bit because we’ve not had a date to work to because we’re extremely successful. So they just say ‘Alright, finish when you finish’ – but it’s kind of been rambling on and not working too hard on it but now we have to have it finished by May 26."
Noel also alluded to songwriting duties and that brother Liam is becoming ever more prolific as a songwriter. "He’s written a few. It’s a pity they’re not going to make it onto the album. We’ve demoed 66 songs and he’s written a fair few. Some of them are really good but he’s going to have to do a solo tour ‘cause I’m not doing a triple album."