Oasis' Noel Gallagher Trying To Release Side Band's Album

He plays drums for Tailgunner, which recorded disc for Creation Records last year.

Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher is trying to secure the rights to release the debut from his side band, Tailgunner, on his own Big Brother label.

The fate of the disc, recorded last year for Oasis' former label, Creation, was thrown into question when Creation announced toward the end of the year that it planned to close.

"They'd like to get it back for release on Big Brother, but there's nothing doing at the moment," Oasis spokesperson Julian Carrera, of Hall or Nothing Publicity, said.

For now, plans for the album — on which Gallagher bows as a full-time drummer — are on hold while Oasis ready for the Feb. 29 release of their fourth studio album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. A world tour launches in Tokyo that same day.

The Tailgunner album "was meant to be out by now," a Creation Records spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said.

Tailgunner are a rock group fronted by singer/guitarist and onetime live Oasis engineer Mark Coyle. Bassist Paul Stacey is also in the group.

Creation operations were tossed into disarray in November, when founders Alan McGee and Dick Green announced they were leaving the label famed for bands such as the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub and Primal Scream. McGee has said he plans to start an Internet label.

As Creation prepares to close up shop in the next few months, its bands are exploring a possible move to Sony UK — which owns a portion of Creation — or moving to other labels, the Creation representative said. A Sony UK spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

Big Brother — named for Noel's relationship to Oasis singer Liam Gallagher — is releasing Standing on the Shoulder of Giants in Britain, while Epic Records will handle the U.S. release. Earlier this month, Big Brother issued its first release, Oasis' "Go Let It Out" (RealAudio excerpt) single, backed by "Let's All Make Believe" and "(As Long as They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell."