Liam Gallagher, the ex-Oasis front man, entrepreneur and all-around badass (or douchebag, up to you), proclaimed earlier this year that his new band Beady Eye would be "bigger" than his former band. Not going to happen. Besides the fact that--and I realize this may come as a shock to many Americans--Oasis released four post-'90s studio albums that sold ridiculous amounts around the world, it's much more likely that brother Noel's eventual solo album will gather more acclaim than Liam's venture.
Nevertheless, Beady Eye, whose lineup consists of Oasis minus Noel, released their debut single "Bring the Light" today as a free download. Borrowing heavily from the Rolling Stones and The Kinks, the song is a bluesy, energetic romp with a driving piano riff. Lyrically, Liam sneers out lines about drinking, love and being tough. Far from his best and, luckily, far from his worst. Beady Eye's first full-length is set for release next year, though with U2 producer Steve Lillywhite on board and this surprisingly decent first single, it might not be the train wreck I had been fearing.