Ahead of his forthcoming album Why Me? Why Not, Liam Gallagher has released the LP’s second single, “The River.”
Based in a steady drum beat and scratchy guitar, the track finds Gallagher resisting authority and calling for change. He sings, “You gotta scream and shout / If you’re gonna to work this out / Change comes when the water falls / I’ve been waiting so long for you down by the river.” Gallagher co-wrote the song alongside Grammy-winning producer, co-writer and Miike Snow vocalist Andrew Wyatt.
Accompanying the track, Gallagher released a music video that follows the day of a man in Manchester, England, where Gallagher was raised. The man walks through the streets of Manchester, passing the pub and the park. All the while, he passes buildings spray-painted with the album art for Why Me? Why Not. On par with the message of the track, the man in the video eventually throws his phone in an act of rebellion.
Why Me? Why Not is a follow-up to Gallagher’s 2017 solo album As You Were. Prior to the release of “The River,” the former Oasis singer released the single “Shockwave,” which contained the same vintage-rock feel of As You Were.
Gallagher is the center of the forthcoming documentary Liam Gallagher: As It Was and is also set to open up for The Who on several dates from their forthcoming North American tour.
Watch the music video for Gallagher’s “The River” below and see the newly revealed album art for Why Me? Why Not further down.