Our kid’s going back to the studio.
Here’s everything we know about the follow-up to this year’s much-loved solo debut ‘As You Were’.
‘As You Were’ was written and recorded in Los Angeles with ace songwriter Greg Kurstin (who co-wrote Adele’s ‘Hello), among others, and hotshot producer Andrew Wyatt. He’s now revealed via Twitter (his favoured medium) that he’s returning to the City of Angels to work on album number two. “The hills are live with the sound of LG”, he wrote on April 14. “I’m of [sic] to LA nxt Wk [sic] to start the follow up to as you were be afraid all you cosmic pop pickers Dilly Dilly as you were LG x.” He used the phrase “As you were” twice in the space of 180 characters – make no mistake: Liam’s is firing on all cylinders.
Liam has also spoken about the writing sessions for the album, tweeting that things are sounding “biblical” – and “magic”
Back in February, Liam told NME that solo album number two will be “a bit more up-tempo, a bit more in-yer-face. Less apologetic. I’d love to do a proper out-and-out punk rock album – a bit Pistols, a bit Stooges. I can do that gear; I can definitely sing ’em. Some of the sing-y songs are a bit of a struggle when I do ’em live. But the lippy ones I can do all day long. The ones where you spit ’em out. You’re not necessarily singing, you’re just f**king screaming and shouting. I’m all for that.” We are, too, Liam.
Will there be any collaborations on Liam’s second solo record?
Liam told us that Foo Fighters are up for a doing track together. “They keep texting me, man. They wanted to do one tune, but I dunno – I’ll do it one day, but I’m too busy doing this at the moment. But I do like them – I think Foo Fighters have got good tunes. I think Dave Grohl’s very talented, and so is the band.” That was back in February, when he was still focused solely on touring ‘As You Were’, so perhaps the time has come for Foo Fighters/Liam banger. There goes our hero. In addition, Richard Ashcroft is supporting him at a series of summer gigs this year, so perhaps the old friends will make some magic in the studio together – and Liam himself is supporting the Rolling Stones this summer, too. Never say never.
Can we expect any curveballs?
Nah mate! Musically, Liam doesn’t really do curveballs. He told NME that his purpose is to give “the people what they want” and recently explained to Radio X: “I look for something that I can sing and it fits me… I know there’s a lot of people that say ‘You play it safe’, but I don’t really want to step outside of the box. I don’t want to do a dance record, I’ve got no desires to make something with beats or anything like that, or an electronic record. I just want to make good guitar music, rock ’n’ roll with a good melody and good words.” We’re in!