After Noel Gallagher left Oasis back in 2009, brother Liam soldiered on, with the rest of the band following suit (including Andy Bell, co-founder of the increasingly celebrated Creation Records band Ride). What followed was a name change to Beady Eye, a buildup of initial songs, and the release of their debut album--Different Gear, Still Speeding--on March 1.
In what comes as a bit of a random surprise, today at noon KEXP will give fans around the world a taste of Liam Gallagher's new band with an "exclusive" interview and live performance that was recorded in London.
Different Gear, Still Speeding seemed a likely candidate to flop. When songwriter Noel began letting Liam contribute songs, beginning with 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, critics and fans panned the Liam-penned "Little James," which is still considered one of Oasis' weakest songs. But in subsequent years, Liam wrote the simple yet beautiful "Songbird" and the poignant "I'm Outta Time" from 2008's Dig Out Your Soul. Still, even with help from competent songwriters like Bell and Gem Archer, carrying a full-length album seemed like a pipe dream.
Well, leave it to Liam Gallagher to prove just about everyone wrong. Early reviews have praised Beady Eye's debut LP as some of the best, er, Oasis material since 1996's classic (What's the Story) Morning Glory? While most of the credit goes to the band, some of the credit has to go to producer Steve Lillywhite. He has Liam sounding as striking behind the mike as he has in several years, especially on the forceful "Four Letter Word." It's the opening track to Different Gear..., and the sibling rivalry just never ends--"I don't know what it is I'm feeling/A four-letter word really gets my meaning/Nothing ever lasts forever." It's a step up from the bluesy, piano-driven first song, "Bring the Light," that Beady Eye released last November, though the Lennon-esque ballad "The Roller" is also excellent.
To find out whether or not the band will unveil any new material, we'll have to wait until noon. Of course, you can tune in on your radio or stream KEXP live online.