Andy Bell is currently touring Uk with is reformed band, Ride.
Speaking to Music Radar, the former Oasis’ member, who replaced the original band’s bassist Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan in 1999 and also played guitar in Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis band Beady Eye, expressed all his gratitude to the mancunian group.
He said: “Oasis definitely did change my life when I first heard them! They were like a breath of fresh air. To put it into context, Ride were working on the third album, ‘Carnival of Light’, and we were taking a bit of a break. We were starting to get a bit frayed at the edges and we were starting to pull in different directions musically, too. We were really shooting for a kind of West Coast Byrdsy California sound mixed with a little bit of Led Zeppelin and a little bit of classic rock. I think we were also subconsciously trying to make a cleaner record, because we’d stopped getting played on the radio … but then along comes Oasis sounding like the Jesus and Mary Chain meets the Sex Pistols and just completely blew everything out of the water!”
About Noel Gallagher he added: “I just want to say that I think Noel’s really underrated as a lead guitar player. His playing is like a John Squire-y thing, but there’s a lot more muscle behind it. He kind of trademarked his own style, which has become something that everyone uses now – that massively overdriven sound with quite a lot of delay on it. [His playing] just sounded epic”.