By Kelly Haugh
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will release his first album with new band Beady Eye on Mar. 1, though calling Beady Eye a “new band” is a bit of a stretch. It’s essentially Oasis with a new name, minus Liam’s brother Noel Gallagher. The two had a falling out in 2009 and haven’t spoken since, leading to the disbanding of Oasis after 18 years of success.
Though bad for the family, the brotherly breakup led to a silver lining christened Beady Eye, whose soon to be released album proves the Oasis sound will live on without the backstage bickering the brothers had become known for in British tabloids. Now, it’s all about the music…and Liam making headlines for banning brother Noel from all of Beady Eye’s upcoming tour dates.
As far as the music goes, Beady Eye isn’t exactly breaking any barriers or out to find a new sound, but why mess with what works? Their first official single, “The Roller,” won’t be the next “Wonderwall,” but it’s got a good beat and catchy lyrics with that uniquely British-rocker style and typical Oasis flavor. It probably won’t be burning up the US charts anytime soon but I could see it coming to a Rock Band or Guitar Hero near you sometime in the future.
Another promo track, “Four Letter Word,” is a little more what I was expecting. It’s a bit edgier with lyrics like, “it feels like you’ve blown a 50 amp fuse,” that could be aimed straight at the Gallagher brothers’ blow up. And who among us hasn’t felt that “I don’t know what it is I’m feeling/A four letter word really gets my meaning?” This is one track that’s destined to be added to the shitty day playlist.
But just when you think you’ve got Beady Eye figured out, they throw you a curve ball with songs like “World Outside My Room.” It’s got a very old-school style probably owed to their often cited Beatles influence, and it’s easy to see why Liam’s vocal stylings have been compared to the likes of John Lennon. The vintage 60’s vibe may not jive as well with modern listeners but it adds another layer to the band that classic rock fans may enjoy, and it goes nicely with the fact that the song was first released as the vinyl B-side to “Four Letter Word.”
Beady Eye’s aptly titled album Different Gear, Still Speeding seems like it will pick up where Oasis left off, though it’s clear from the songs they’ve released already that you can’t really pigeonhole their sound. It’s worth a listen for anyone who’s ever liked an Oasis track and everyone who’s sick of listening to the same old songs.