Courteeners' Liam Fray interview: 'I was never the new Liam Gallagher'
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The Courteeners frontman has spoken out about the early comparisons that were made between Oasis and his band

The Courteeners frontman Liam Fray has admitted that he was “a pale imitation” of Liam Gallagher during the band’s early days.

As the Manchester band emerged in 2008 with their debut album ‘St Jude’, a number of commentators were quick to draw comparisons between the then-quartet and Oasis. However, those comparisons prompted a backlash from fans of the Britpop band following the release of that album.

Speaking about that time period in a new interview with The Independent, Fray opened up about how he “hated [The Courteeners’] ‘new Oasis'” tag and understood the backlash to those particular comparisons.

Then about The Courteeners being true superstars in their hometown of Manchester, Fray said:  “We are definitely an anomaly,” Fray concedes. “It’s like we’ve never been invited to the party, and I don’t know why. We had to stop worrying about it after the second album came out, because if we didn’t, we’d never have left the house again. It’s the kind of thing you could become obsessed about. Why haven’t we crossed over? Why haven’t we been let in? We’re the ultimate outsiders. Always have been and, for all I know,” he concludes, wincing, “always will be.”

Also, Liam Fray reveals what he would ban from gigs.

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Source: NME  / Independent