Oasis has dubbed its fifth Epic studio album “Heathen Chemistry” and is planning a July release for the 11-track set. As previously reported, first single “The Hindu Times” will be released commercially April 15 in the band’s native U.K. The track can be sampled on Oasis’ official Web site, which is also giving away copies of the single to 20 randomly selected members of the group’s mailing list.
“Heathen Chemistry” features the first songwriting contributions from Oasis’ newest members, bassist Andy Bell and guitarist Gem Archer, the latter of whom penned “Hung in a Bad Place.” Frontman Liam Gallagher, who made his songwriting debut with “Little James” on 2000’s “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,” contributes the track “Songbird.” Guitarist Noel Gallagher lends his vocals to the cut “Force of Nature.”
The set was produced by the band and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, who co-produced “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.” That album debuted at No. 24 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 192,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. It featured the single “Go Let It Out,” which hit No. 14 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.
In advance of a planned world tour in support of the album, Oasis has a handful of dates lined up in the U.S. and the U.K. Aside from a previously announced April 28 headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., the group will play sold out shows July 5-7 at London’s Finsbury Park and will headline on July 13 at Scotland’s T In The Park festival.
Here Are Oasis’ Tour Dates:
April 26 – Las Vegas – the Joint, w/ Cornershop
April 28 – Indio, Calif. – Empire Polo Field / Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
July 5-7 – London – Finsbury Park, w/ Charlatans U.K.
July 13 – Kinross, Scotland – T In The Park Festival, w/ Joe Strummer, Gomez, A, etc.