Noel Gallagher: Music is very middle class. I would have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the nineties...1 interview, destroyed, gone— The Oasis Newsroom (@Oasis_Newsroom) December 9, 2014
I can't find the quote, so I don't know quite what this is about, other than some bands pulled out of a charitable event sometime last year. He seems to have a grudge against any "working class" bands, though. It may be personal or it may be about the music itself. If it's about the music, rather than get annoyed, I instead just find it funny. I never cared a bit for Oasis, so one of them disliking what I listen to means nothing at all. The whine in Liam's voice (I think it was Liam) annoyed me and I had no connection to the lyrics. The melodies were good, but that's just a third of the equation. Actually, let's make that one fourth; sometimes personalities can have a big impact. Throughout their time on the pop charts starting in the mid '90s, I listened to the radio less and less until at some point I realized I just stopped altogether. Not Oasis' fault, but they were part of it. That was the decade I was growing up, when I was trying to find myself in music, but so much of it was mind-numbingly boring or just plain bad. There are only a handful of artists that I listen to from that decade that I love.
To be sure I was remembering correctly, that it wasn't just radio fatigue and in case I have a different appreciation now, I just listened to a bunch of Oasis songs in the last hour. I stand behind my opinion from my teenage years that they are not for me. I admit that some of it could be catchy, but most of the time I found my mind wandering. There's no point in listening to music that's difficult to enjoy. I want something that immediately grabs me with great lyrics that tell a story or a moment, a soulful voice (or at least not a godawful one), and a catchy or beautiful melody that makes me turn the volume up. Bastille perfectly fits that bill.
Oasis fans, I apologize, but my opinion will do nothing to change your mind about them and vice versa. Bastille fans, welcome and stay a bit longer to listen to the new single I mentioned a minute ago. Or you could buy it on Amazon. There is also a whole Vs album called Other People's Heartache, Pt. III.