Ride's Andy Bell has said that he believes Noel Gallagher is underrated as a guitarist, arguing that the former Oasis songwriter laid the foundations for a style that many musicians use today.
Bell joined Oasis in 1999 as a replacement for original bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and is now back with his own band Ride following a reunion earlier this year.
Speaking to Music Radar, Bell was asked about his time with the band and also how his life was affected by hearing them when he was still making music with Ride in the '90s.
"I just want to say that I think Noel's really underrated as a lead guitar player," Bell said, "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."
Someone must have mentioned the possibility of playing with Oasis next year. Who knows?
Noel Gallagher has always been a great guitarist--underrated and under-appreciated in a genre where guitar players generally reach Godlike status. Noel suffers because he wrote the songs, sang a few of them, and couldn't possibly wear all those hats, right?
The gear that he's used over the years is fascinating reading. It's as if a kid was given the keys to the candy story and ran wild.