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Exclusive Interview with BROTHER - It's Our Time Now!
We asked Brother's frontman Lee Newell about the "argument" he had with Liam Gallagher in the media and about their new anthem which they think might be as big as the all time great Oasis classic Live Forever.....
We’re Going To Bring Guitar Music Back!
If timing is everything in music, Brother might just be on to something. At a time when any young music fan usually needs to trawl down somewhere far below the Top 40 to find traces of where the latest band trying to make an impact can be found, and needs to delve back at least a decade to find the last group of musicians who dared to suggest they could change your life, these four young dreamers, who initially longed simply to break free of the industrial clutches of their hometown Slough, now have a bored generation wondering if they might just be the band to re-awaken rock n roll from its prolonged slumber.
‘We’re going to bring guitar music back’, frontman Lee Newell told Live4ever during our first encounter back in November, immediately demonstrating the self-assurance and confidence which has played a big part in helping Brother to stand out from the crowd, and which was on full beam during their first ever US gig at the recent SXSW Festival, when the band confidently told a venue packed full of crossed-armed industry types almost screaming ‘come on then, impress me’ that they had ‘definitely made the right choice’.
A week on from that first gig, we sat down with Lee, Josh, Sam and Frank shortly before their gig at New Jersey’s famous Maxwell’s venue to discuss both their past and hopes for the future, the ‘song of the next 20 years’ which might just light up their hotly-anticipated debut album, and their surprisingly understated dream rider.
It’s a 30 minute exclusive chat which shows that if Brother go on to attain even half of what they feel destined to achieve, rock n roll won’t just be awoken, it’ll be dragged out of bed kicking and screaming, strapped to the nearest sports car, and taken on a pretty eventful journey. Is everyone ready for the ride?
Liam's Vocals Suffered Because of Noel's Loud Guitar During Oasis Tour
Liam Gallagher has conceded his singing during Oasis' doomed final tour was dreadful, and he blames his poor performances on the earphones he wore to drown out brother Noel's loud guitar.
The Beady Eye frontman attracted swathes of criticism for his half-hearted vocals towards the end of his former band's career as he often shouted his lines or cut them short.
Gallagher has now admitted his singing in recent years has been "s**t" but he's adamant Noel is responsible because he turned his guitar up too loud, forcing the frontman to use noise-reducing earphones onstage.
Gallagher tells Nme, "I've been getting a right kicking! I didn't know I sounded that s**t, but I'm gonna explain this now, right? I was using them in-ear monitors, and that isolated me from the band. I had to, cos our kid (Noel) was, like, up to 900 (on the guitar amps), so f**king loud."
We're on the road with Beady Eye from Glasgow to Milan as they complete their first ever tour. Expect a new crop of classic Liam-isms. Here's part of one now: "D'you want a tan or what, you dick?"
eady Eye have spoken to NME about the secrets behind the tracks on their debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.
Liam Gallagher's band are on the cover of new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now (March 30) or available digitally.
Gallagher, Andy Bell and Gem Archer revealed the history behind their debut single 'The Roller', which was written in 2001 and hailed by the singer's then-Oasis bandmate Noel Gallagher as "a fucking Number One single".
The band also reveal that the intro music to their recent gigs is an instrumental song named 'Yellow Tail'. It was written by Archer and completed while rehearsing for the tour.
"Me and Andy, at the last rehearsal in Brixton, the day before [their first gig in] Glasgow, were still finishing it," he explained.
Meanwhile Gallagher also gave his verdict on Beady Eye's tour so far as NME follows the band throughout Europe. He also gave his thoughts on other bands including The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Elbow.
Review: Beady Eye at Royal Albert Hall - Teenage Cancer Trust
It’s exactly a year since Noel Gallagher graced the stage at the Royal Albert Hall to play for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and tonight he was in danger of upstaging his younger brother’s new band without even showing up. This was thanks to a video montage that highlighted some of the previous artists that had performed at the event, prompting huge cheers every time Noel appeared on the screen. Liam was quick to put everyone straight as soon as he arrived on stage after being introduced by Who legend Rodger Daltry. “This aint no fookin’ Noel Gallagher gig” he sniped. Looking every inch the rock star, Liam swaggered towards his microphone, draped in a sharp navy suede jacket, sporting that trademark shaggy barnet that he made the must-have hairstyle of the 90’s for his legion of devotees. Launching straight into Four Letter Word, it’s clear that this song was born to open gigs. Loud, confident, menacing and sounding even better than it does on the record, the roof of the Royal Albert Hall is prematurely torn off
Ex-Oasis leader Noel Gallagher is working on his debut solo album in Los Angeles, according to You Me At Six singer Josh Franceschi.
Franceschi took to Twitter last night (March 23rd) to reveal his band are recording in the same studios as Noel, and could hear the work being done: “Can hear Noel from Oasis blasting his new tunes from the studio next door,” he wrote. “Absolutely mental.”
The news suggests Noel could be working once again with producer Dave Sardy, whom he and Oasis recorded their sixth studio album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth‘ with in Los Angeles in 2005, while Sardy also joined the group in Abbey Road Studios for sessions on their final album ‘Dig Out Your Soul‘.
While Noel’s ex-Oasis bandmates have wasted no time in launching their own new project Beady Eye, the songwriter has repeatedly played down an imminent solo album, though rumours of work with the likes of Miles Kane and Paul Weller has fuelled speculation that a record will arrive sooner rather than later.
FaceCulture spoke to Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock of the rock band Beady Eye about the end of Oasis, arguments, looking back on previous bands, the album Different Gear, Still Speeding, influences, demo's, The Roller and more
Liam Gallagher and his Beady Eye cronies have laid down the gauntlet to fellow Reading and Leeds band the Strokes -- claiming that they have never been scared of the New York band and are certainly not now.
Beady Eye are due to headline the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage whilst the Strokes top the main stage bill alongside Pulp on a different day.
They're not exactly coming head-to-head on the three day line-up at the August festival but nevertheless, Gallagher says he isn't "f------ scared" of sharing a bill with the revered Julian Casablancas and team, reports NME.
Stoking the indie war of words, Gallagher said with typical aplomb, "We weren't f------ scared of them the first time we heard them. We're not f------ scared of them now!"
Reading and Leeds will see Gallagher back on the festival circuit once more, with the band also playing the likes of T in the Park and Rock Werchter in the summer. Speaking of playing the outdoor shindigs again, Gallagher added, "I'll comfortably f------ fit back into that dress."
Ignoring a salubrious use of expletives and his penchant for ribbing other bands, Gallagher claimed that he is a "bloody good role model" in a recent interview with Spinner -- but the singer has had to tone down the "drugs and drinking" as he gets older.
Beady Eye played at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium last night and made a rare set list change when they dropped 'Fore Anyone and performed "Two of a Kind' instead.
'Four Letter Word'
'Beatles And Stones'
'Two Of A Kind
'Wind Up Dream'
'Bring The Light'
'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise'
'Kill For A Dream'
'Three Ring Circus'
'The Beat Goes On'
'Man Of Misery'
'The Morning Sun'
'Sons Of The Stage'
Japan Disaster Benefit in aid of the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal Brixton O2 Academy.
London is set to stage a very special one off concert in aid of Japan Earthquake victims.
With images beamed worldwide as they occurred, the horrific tragedy that beset Japan in recent days has affected everybody.
In response, a collection of Britain’s finest rock musicians have heeded the rallying call and come together to present a very special one off event on April 3rd at London's Brixton O2 Academy.
Featuring Richard Ashcroft, Beady Eye, The Coral, Graham Coxon, Primal Scream and Paul Weller, the show has been hastily arranged to help benefit those who have been affected by the recent earthquakes and subsequent tsunami in Japan.
Almost 8,500 people have died in the disaster with thousands injured and with nearly 13,000 people still missing the need for an immediate response is immense. The Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground since the disaster struck.
The show will take place at London's Brixton O2 Academy on April 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday 25th March at 9am, limited to a maximum of 4 per applicant.
Beady Eye are pleased to announce they have added an extra date to their forthcoming tour of North America in June.They will play Philadelphia's Theater Of Living Art on 25th June. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday 25th March at 12pm (local time) through www.livenation.com, Theater Of Living Art's box office and charge by phone on 215.922.1011.
Last weekend the band announced three dates taking in Chicago, Toronto and New York, all of which sold out immediately. The full details of the tour are: 18th June - Chicago, The Metro 20th June - Toronto, Sound Academy 23rd June - New York, Webster Hall 25th June - Philadelphia, Theater Of Living Art
The tour will mark Beady Eye's first trip to North America where their debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' charted at number 6 on the US iTunes album chart.
Beady Eye will release their second single ‘Millionaire’ on 2nd May 2011. The track is taken from their recently released debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ which entered the UK charts at No. 3 and has subsequently gone gold. The album has charted around the world, including No.1 in Japan.
‘Millionaire’ will be available digitally and as a 7” single with ‘Man Of Misery’ (already a live favourite) as the b-side. A limited edition numbered 7” and collectors box to store the vinyl singles released so far will also be available exclusively via the band's store.
A standard version of the 7" will be available through select retailers.
The video for ‘Millionaire’ was shot in Spain whilst the band were on tour and also features exclusive live footage from the dates.
A glance at the cloakroom rail is sufficient to tell us that Liam Gallagher is in town. The number of parkas testifies to how much he continues to be idolised, and imitated, by a sizeable tranche of British manhood – enough to propel Different Gear, Still Speeding, the debut album by his new band, Beady Eye, to number three in the UK charts. Beady Eye, of course, are Oasis minus their chief songwriter, Liam’s brother Noel.
Listening to the album, Liam’s lyrics – clunky as they are – seem more unguarded than ever (“I’m never giving up until the dream is real” etc) and his vocals – waning as they might be – more vulnerable than we’ve heard before. Little of his sensitive side comes over in live performance. “Millionaire”, say, is beefed-up but stodgy. Yet sensitivity is not what the fans came for. As usual, the microphone’s position forces him to leer up at it, like a primate hanging tough. Otherwise, he stands motionless, hands in pockets. I’m probably alone here in thinking his green coat resembles surgical scrubs or a maternity smock. The crowd bays, “Leee-um, Leee-um.”
To the delight of those fans, Gallagher’s appetite for the fray has returned. You do wish, though, that his tastes were more adventurous. They are the musical equivalent of sausage and mash, with Dijon mustard an occasional exoticism. The example of the modfather, Paul Weller, who has dined lately on krautrock, antique folk and free-jazz influences, can’t be lost on Gallagher, can it?
None of the Beady Eye songs needs to take a paternity test: their bloodlines are obvious. “Beatles and Stones” splices the jitter of The Who’s “My Generation” and the chatter of Dylan’s “From a Buick 6” (intentionally, I assume); “For Anyone” jangles tunefully like “There She Goes” by The La’s; while “Kill for a Dream”, a rather tired ballad, echoes the “Hey Jude” outro.
Only “Bring the Light” hurtles anywhere fast. “This one’s for Chas ’n’ Dave,” says Gallagher, introducing it – the kind of pub-banter quip, sharper than it sounds, that makes him such a lovable rogue. High on its Jerry Lee Lewis-ish piano and the Velvet Underground’s amphetamines, this track is the standout by miles.
The solitary encore taps some of Gallagher’s power of old and a “Gimme Shelter”-type grandeur. It is “Sons of the Stage”, by the never-made-it-but-not-forgotten Manchester band World of Twist. A flashback to the early 1990s, to younger, hungrier days.
Bohenhead : " It's The Best I've Heard Liam SInging, Ever"
Founding Oasis member Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs has said that the band's split in 2009 was a good thing for the music industry.
Despite being sad at the nature of the break-up, the group's first rhythm guitarist said that it will be good for Liam and Noel Gallagher to go in separate directions.
Arthurs told the Daily Record: "I was glad because Liam would go to the right, Noel would go to the left and the music industry needs both doing their own things. It's going to be good for music."
The guitarist added that he left the group "at the right time" when he quit in 1999, but admitted: "I'd play with them for a charity gig, of course. We never fell out. People thought we had a dramatic fall-out and a fight but we never."
Of Liam's new group Beady Eye, Arthurs said: "I saw them in Glasgow and Manchester and I think it's the best I've heard Liam singing, ever. He's totally on form. Beady Eye are just going to get bigger and better."
Outside the venue, a tout is hustling the queue: “Oasis, tickets for Oasis.” If Liam Gallagher caught him saying that, there would be trouble. Beady Eye are not Oasis, as the frontman has been belligerently insisting . They might look like Oasis, and sound like Oasis, and feature all the members of Oasis apart from erstwhile leader and chief songwriter Noel Gallagher, but – let’s be clear about this – they are definitely not Oasis.
However, I am not convinced their fans have quite grasped this. Tonight’s audience is mainly thirtysomething men who presumably came of musical age in Britpop, dressed in parkas and zip-up jackets, sporting tatty, thinning Beatle haircuts. “Come on!” they shout in anticipation. “Let’s ’ave it!”
As warmly as the audience greets the band, it’s hard not to feel some sympathy. The six-piece (live ranks swelled by session bassist and keyboard player) have a huge task ahead to establish themselves as a creative outfit in their own right. They have made a good start with an album that is better than any recent Oasis offering. And there is a palpable thrill in the air as they launch into aggressive rocker 'Four Letter Word', with Liam’s big-chested voice booming out.
But, as the gig progresses, the limitations of this venture become ever more apparent. Liam stands stock still, hands behind his back, staring blankly into the crowd, like a bouncer at his own gig. But his static pose loses its impact without the songs that he was once able to stand in the midst of and that gifted him his iconic status. The key to Oasis’s relationship with its audience were the hits people had taken to their hearts. Oasis gigs were big singalongs.
Starved of familiar anthems, the crowd doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with itself. People raise their voices in occasional snatches of the more obvious choruses then fall silent in the verses, or maybe cheer, throw beer, and chant “Liam! Liam!”. Its like watching Oasis play someone else’s set.
When Beady Eye really rock out, on songs such as 'Bring the Light' and the sledgehammer 'Standing on the Edge of the Noise', they almost pummel you into submission. But, when they go into a dreary mid-tempo plod like 'Kill For a Dream', with Liam slouching, hands in pockets, and nobody else on stage moving a muscle, you have to wonder why we should care about a band who don’t seem to care much themselves.
For a group with such open admiration for the Beatles, they just have no grooviness at all, no instrumental daring, no experimental urges, no real point to their existence. It feels like the manifestation of the death of rock, plodding, one-dimensional, old-fashioned, loud guitar music, the echo of an echo of something original.
Only Liam’s charisma sustains it, that big voice belting out: “I’m the last of a dying breed.” Standing on the drum riser, staring into a crowd far smaller than the stadium audiences he entertained with Oasis, he almost dares you to disown him.
His typically truculent parting words are: “Nice one for coming out, and we’ll see you again if you can be arsed.”
I’m not sure if I could be. Beady Eye are going to have to raise their game if they want people to care about their future, and not just their singer’s past.
Liam: "There's no f---ing way Noel Gallagher was carrying all us lot"
Liam Gallagher's new band is Oasis without the sibling drama, writes Cameron Adams.
It's a cold morning in a posh hotel in London. The rain is expected, the early arrival of Liam Gallagher for an interview, well, not so much.
Yet these days, Gallagher is a man on a mission. The inevitable split of Oasis finally came in August 2009, following the umpteenth altercation between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. While Noel walked, stating, "I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer", Liam, instead, went to the pub with Oasis bandmates Andy Bell, Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock.
In a matter of hours they had formed Beady Eye. While Noel is still off the radar, Beady Eye's first album Different Gear, Still Speeding has been unleashed. It sounds, not surprisingly, like Oasis.
Liam says the band had toyed with keeping the name Oasis (which he coined before Noel joining) before deciding to avoid the soft option.
"There's no point," he says. "I don't want to be up there singing those songs Noel wrote. We're well capable of writing our own stuff. It might not be as big as Oasis, it might not be a phenomenon, but who knows? I think we're good enough to turn heads, to get people buzzing about music."
While Beady Eye's creation may have been swift, for Liam there was no other option.
"This is the best thing you could ever do, music. You've been given a talent, you just got to go for it. It's not hard, is it? It's f---ing great, man," he says.
The formation has caused heated debate. Even the name has been analysed.
"I didn't think people would give two f---s what we were called," Liam says.
Guitarist Archer is more succinct.
"The grieving process starts when you call the band something else, but people have to start coming to terms with the fact that that was then ... ," he says.
"Imagine if it's a band you're a fan of, it hurts. We've all been there. I had it when The Jam split up. You look forward to their new records, then the band split. But you've still got the records. People have got Beady Eye now."
After tales of dysfunctional Oasis recording sessions, where the Gallagher brothers would deliberately stay away from each other, making Beady Eye's debut was a breeze.
Liam hints at Noel pushing him to breaking point while recording Oasis albums.
"With Beady Eye, we'd do four or five takes, we'd get it and move on. Mentally that's good for your head. With Oasis, he'd give me 30 takes towards the end. You think, 'What's all this about? What's going on?' Some days, you'd just want to knock it on the head," he says.
Noel remains the elephant in the room during Beady Eye interviews. Liam's relationship with his elder brother is as distant as ever; at least they now no longer have to share a room - or a band. Archer and Bell remain friends with Noel, even if they've professionally joined Team Liam.
Ask if Noel has heard Beady Eye and there's silence before Liam says merely, "Dunno".
While the album has received favourable reviews, many state it's better than anyone expected. That sticks in Beady Eye's collective craw.
"Did they think we were suddenly going to turn s--- overnight?" Archer asks.
"It was a band before, it's a band now."
Liam takes slightly more time to respond.
"There's no f---ing way Noel Gallagher was carrying all us lot. I'm not having that. I do find that a bit of an insult, but you have to let it go, because there's more important things in life," he says.
"People who go, 'I think it will be s--- without Noel', have not seen us on stage. They would know we've got passion and we know what we're doing. They're trying to wind us up."
Liam says he's read the occasional review.
"You want people to like it, don't you?" he says.
"You don't want people to f---ing hate it. But they're still not going to knock us off our perch at what we do. We're not going to go back and go, 'OK, our next record will be a dance record' or what's hot this week. We'll still write that kind of music."
To wit - new single The Roller sounds like John Lennon's Instant Karma.
"People have said that," says Archer, who wrote it.
"It's that descending piano line. I'll take that as a compliment. I'm not on the run from my love of Lennon. It's why I'm here. You're eight years old, you see all that and you think 'I want a bit of that'."
Archer says once Liam sang his lyrics, The Roller fell into place.
"When he sings them, they come alive," Archer says.
"It feels natural," Liam says of singing the Beady Eye material. "Like when Noel used to give you a song. It feels like they're mine, I can get really into them. I don't find it hard. That s--- is in me."
Where Oasis records - and live shows - would see Noel singing a handful of tracks, Beady Eye is strictly Liam.
Tell him it's nice to hear his trademark voice on a full album and his trademark modesty kicks in.
"It f---ing is nice, isn't it?" Gallagher says. "It's my job, singing. All that going on and off at the gigs, you'd get dizzy."
He's also nonchalant when asked about how he takes care of his voice.
"I take a little bit of care of it, but you've got to live, haven't you? Who wants to drink honey all day? You'll turn into a bee," he says.
Liam wrote a handful of Beady Eye tracks, including The Morning Sun, with the grammatical clanger "the morning sun has rose".
"It's not f---ing Shakespeare, but it is what it is," Liam says.
The next frontier for Beady Eye is live shows. They've just played their first major gigs in the UK, with a setlist that includes the entire album and a cover by relatively obscure band World Of Twist.
"We know what we're doing," Liam says. "The album sounds better live than on record. There's no doubting our ability to play live."
And, like recording, touring is less dramatic without the Gallagher sibling rivalry.
"It was a massive operation before (with Oasis); this is a debut we'll do in theatres and clubs," Archer says. "That's how we're approaching it. It's not like we're reaching for the skies yet, there's time for that."
Unlike most new bands, they have a ready-built audience.
"When you put tickets on sale and they sell out straight away, obviously that's not like a new band," Archer says.
"But it's the same reaction, they'll have the album, they'll have to get it in their hearts and heads and souls, it's all going to hit them at once as opposed to the (Oasis) greatest hits tour you do after eight albums."
Again Liam rants about anyone expecting Oasis songs at Beady Eye gigs. "Noel's going to have to do Oasis songs, and rightly so - they're his songs - but we're not living off the past," he says.
"The past was good to us, but we're drawing the line and going forward. People will have to get used to it. And they will, by the time the gigs are over, they'll be musically satisfied. I'm sure some f---ing clown will shout for Oasis songs to get a reaction."
Liam remains cautious about playing Oasis songs that Beady Eye members wrote in their set.
"Maybe in the future. I doubt it, but we're proud of those (Oasis) songs. Who knows man? At the moment, no way," he says.
There are still no Australian dates for Beady Eye, but Liam has his beady eye set on a certain festival.
"We always miss that Big Day Out, that big holiday where you play a few f---ing tunes and get a sun tan. That'd be perfect."
Liam hasn't lost the ability to give good confident quote.
"We'll see if people buy into Beady Eye. If they don't like you, they f---ing don't. You can't force people to like you. But they'll get it.
"There's f--- all else about and I'm not just saying that. You take Beady Eye out of the picture and what are you doing? Sitting around waiting for Noel (to release something)? It'd be really s--- if you take us away.
"We're the only ones who mean anything right now."
album: Different Gear, Still Speeding
track: The Roller
Streeting at press time with strong early sales. Liam Gallagher teams with core Oasis musical co-horts Gem Archer and Andy Bell and gets immediate multi-format love. Spins continue to develop at WXRT, WWCD, Alt Nation SiriusXM, WRXP, KINK, KRBZ, much more.
The Roller Vid added at mtvU. Huge iTunes campaign locked for launch. Starbucks Pick of the Week.
Stateside tour dates announcing soon: East Coast in June, West Coast in August.
It has been eighteen months now since Oasis broke up following an argument between singer Liam Gallagher and his guitarist brother Noel at a show in Paris, France. That’s a long enough period of time for Liam to form a new band, Beady Eye, with Oasis members Andy Bell, Gem Archer, and Chris Sharrock, and for that act to record their debut CD, Different Gear, Still Speeding, which was released March
1. However, a year and a half is apparently not a lengthy enough period for the Gallagher brothers to have kissed and made up. In fact, Liam says that he hasn’t spoken to his brother since the argument in Paris, and that there wasn’t a lot of “speaking” going on then. “We screamed at each other,” he recalls. “It wasn’t speaking, but sort of shouting at each other. And that was it. Never mind.”
Liam and Andy Bell talk about the debut Beady Eye CD, the royal wedding, and Lady Gaga.
Entertainment Weekly: What’s the mood like in the Beady Eye camp?
Andy Bell: It’s pretty good, man. We’re doing rehearsals, we’re doing interviews, we’re building up to the big day when we start playing live. We’re actually very excited about doing some gigs. I read you’ll be playing all new material at the shows. Are you sticking with that?
Liam Gallagher: Oh yeah. We’re playing the album a couple of b-sides, and maybe a cover… of “Wonderwall.” A cover of your own song? Well, not your song, but an Oasis song?
LG: No, I’m joking, mate. We’re doing a cover of “Sons of the Stage” by World of Twist. Great tune. And that’s about it, really. How different was the atmosphere while you were making this album compared to the last Oasis album?
AB: Well, I mean you didn’t have Noel there directing things, which was a big change. But we’re into the same music we always were. We’re still a guitar and rock’n’roll band. Liam, on the track “Beatles and Stones” you sing “I’m going to stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones.” That’s fighting talk.
LG: Well, that’s the name of the game, innit? You don’t want to be listening to your music in five years down the line and it’s sounding s—. You want it sound as good as all them old classics, you know what I mean? Do you think that’s something you’ve achieved with the album?
LG: Yeah, definitely. That’s our opinion, anyway. Otherwise we wouldn’t have put it out. We wouldn’t be talking to you about it. If other people feel the same, great. If they don’t, never mind. The name Beady Eye does put you next to the Beatles in the three record stores that are left in the world. Was that deliberate?
LG: Yeah. The name Beady Eye looks great on paper. You have to call yourselves summat. Whatever we had called ourselves, some people would have turned their nose up at it. So you just had to do it, put it out there. It all depends on the music. If the music’s good, people will come round to the name. Obviously Oasis had their ups and downs over the years. When did you realize that it was definitely over this time?
LG: When we were making the record. When we started demoing the new songs. I’d kind of seen it coming. All good things come to an end I suppose. But there you go, no one died. That’s true. Has Noel heard the Beady Eye CD?
LG: I’m not sure, but we’re all on the same management, and we’ve all got the same people working for us. Maybe he’s sort of just washed his hands with the whole thing and doesn’t care. But, if he’s a music lover, then I think [he'll] want to know what we’re doing. We don’t really care whether he’s heard it or not. Not interested. Will you be watching the royal wedding?
LG: I think we’ll be on tour, mate.
AB: I think we’re going to be away, yeah.
LG: We’ll put it on the news I suppose. See what happens. Why not, man? Two people in love, can’t be a bad think, can it? Any thoughts on Lady Gaga?
LG: Yeah. She’s great. Seriously, man, we like her. She’ s the only one out there who’s got balls. I like her. She can play instruments. She can sing. She can dance. She’s weird. She’s shocking people. I like her. I like the Gaga, man.
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Looking around the Apollo ten minutes before Beady Eye’s first ever Manchester gig, it’s as if nothing has changed. The Stone Roses blares from the speakers, lager flies everywhere, and Liam Gallagher’s name is chanted, football terrace style, by the inebriated disciples who have already decided where their loyalties lie.
Even by the time Liam strides on to deafening noise in that Mancunian swagger he seemingly invented, squint and this could be Oasis.
Of course, having fallen out spectacularly with brother Noel, Beady Eye are Oasis without the man who wrote the songs that made them Britain’s biggest band.
But if Liam has any cause for regret, he doesn’t display it during a raucous hour-long set that seems determined to banish the memory of Oasis’ long, painful descent into dreary irrelevance.
Four Letter Word, introduced by Liam with several of them, kicks things off with an abrasiveness that barely ceases, the band creating a noise that has more in common with Oasis’ early, us-versus-the-world tenacity than their latter day bloated weariness.
The crowd feed off this, and it is also evident that Liam is revitalised by this reconnection. If you ignore that he appears to have picked up a strange habit of constantly grabbing at his crotch, his status as one of rock’s great frontmen is utterly justifiable, even if the concept of how a man can stand motionless, hands in pockets and remain intensely magnetic is difficult to comprehend.
His voice, too, is fantastic. Having sounded shot to bits in recent years, here his rasping John Lennon-meets-John Lydon snarl is incendiary.
But what about the songs? Debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding sounds exactly as you’d imagine (you didn’t expect them to do a Radiohead, did you?) but being eternally indebted to the obvious rock greats makes for a decidedly mixed bag of tunes.
There are times when you left despairing. Three Ring Circus is the work of a pub band with delusions of grandeur, and the less said about The Roller the better; you may be able to pardon that it steals so flagrantly from Lennon’s Instant Karma, but its pedestrian nature is unforgivable.
Undeniably, though, there are thrilling moments. Bring the Light, the precise point where Lennon meets T-Rex, is driven by a 1950’s rock’n’roll piano to a pulsating climax, but the more esoteric songs are just as promising.
The La’s jangle of For Anyone is surprisingly affecting, but best of all is set-closer The Morning Son, a trippy, semi-psychedelic epic that hints at what could become of Beady Eye if their horizons were to broaden further. For the time being, unruly rock’n’roll concerts will suffice. Over to you, Noel
'Time To Pick A Side' , Gallagher Asks Barrowland's Crowd
The last time Liam Gallagher arrived in Glasgow with a new band it was to change the course of British music forever. It was 1993, King Tut's was the venue, Alan McGee the catalyst and the rest is well-documented history.
So it seemed only fitting for Gallagher to return to the city for Beady Eye's first-ever gig. However, unlike that Oasis set 18 years ago, the night's material was pedestrian, the performance average and the frontman's delivery underwhelming.
Die-hard fans aside, the packed Barrowlands' crowd seemed torn between their love of the man and their occasional indifference to the derivative and largely uninspired tracks lifted from the band's debut 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.'
The split in the crowd wasn't lost on Gallagher. "Time to get off the fence Barrowlands. Time to pick a side," he announced after the applause following 'Wind Up Dreams' quickly evaporated.
Just 30 minutes earlier and Gallagher had the crowd just where he wanted them. A momentous roar greeted the band's arrival. It certainly pleased Gallagher, the frontman declaring, "You're giving me a f---ing hard on," before launching into opener 'Four Letter Word.' But from then on in it was a largely limp display.
With little to say between or for that matter during songs like 'Beatles and Stones,' 'Millionaire' and 'For Anyone,' Gallagher all too often relied on his customary poses -- rather than the music -- to spark the crowd.
Things did pick up as the set reached its conclusion, but with no roof-raising anthems to galvanise the crowd, no discernible band dynamic and Gallagher's lacklustre delivery.
Review: Beady Eye In Glasgow - The King is Back , As Far As Fans Are Concerned
Life after Oasis– and Liam's still a rock'n'roll star
It was surely no coincidence that Liam Gallagher chose Glasgow's most fiery venue for this debut live appearance by his post-Oasis project. His old band had its ups and downs – internally and in terms of critical reception over their lifespan – but this city remained vocal in its appreciation of their supremely confident self-possession.
Really, all he had to do was turn up and be himself, and the wildest of receptions was assured.
With the Stone Roses' "I Am the Resurrection" heralding Beady Eye's arrival (appropriate, given Gallagher's unspoken need to position himself as the sole star of what was once a two-Gallagher show), the already onside crowd greeted the singer with a chant of his own name. In return, he granted them one of the great understated entrances – a slow slouch to the mic and then an accusing "try fuckin' harder". Everyone duly obliged. The king is surely back, as far as his people are concerned.
Backed by a five-piece live band that included all three of Oasis's members at their dissolution, bar the only one who quit, Liam's brother Noel, Gallager kicked off with "Four Letter Word". It was a typically brash and confident opener from the Barbour-jacket wearing singer. "Nothing ever lasts forever," the lyrics declare in loaded fashion. "A four-letter word really gets my meaning." As ever, and despite the clothing label and the millions in the bank, Liam Gallagher on the live stage still resembles a curse word made primal flesh.
Those old reference points stand unchanged, as was in evidence by the second track, a beat group shuffle speeded up to manic pace named "Beatles & Stones". It was, perversely, one of the highlights of the set, an homage to the relatively narrow range of influences Gallagher enjoys, but still a world away from the string-laden "Hey Jude" and Imagine-isms which Oasis flogged long past death.
Credit is due here, because this band sound encouragingly refreshed, an assertion that could very rarely be levelled at Oasis in their later years. Of course there was nothing here to alienate the longtime, Knebworth-attending devotee, but you realise watching them that Beady Eye are in the very unique position of possessing iconic impetus while being newly unchained from the weight if their past.
The set veered from expansive Floydian psychedelia to the pleasing La's jangle of "For Anyone". These and "The Roller", a comeback song which dared to stroll at its own pace, all came early in the set and were greeted with that most Glaswegian of appreciation gestures, the thrown (plastic) pint glass.
A decision had clearly been taken to play no Oasis songs. It was a brave and creditable choice, although this meant the set stretched to only an hour and suffered a fallow period in the middle. Yet Gallagher noted this with a pithy "right, this is another new song" before the All the Young Dudes-like epic "The Beat Goes On", declaring "stick with us, we'll have more by next year." This is a band to stick with through enjoyment more than force of habit.
Liam Gallagher: " There is no such thing as Hit Singles anymore"
Nearly two decades after Oasis supernova'd into generational icons, Liam Gallagher is finally ready to move on. Promoting 'Different Gear, Still Speeding,' the debut album by his new, Noel-less group Beady Eye, the 38-year-old Gallagher brother has vowed to put aside the drugs, girls, in-fighting and boozing that were de rigueur for Oasis. He's even settled down with Canadian expat, and former All Saint, Nicole Appleton, and started a family.
As Liam Gallagher tells Spinner in this exclusive Q&A, he's no longer bogged down by the pressures of fronting the world's biggest band. Though his bravado and bombast hasn't faded, neither Liam Gallagher nor bandmates -- guitarists Andy Bell and Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock -- are fazed by chart position, or even playing smaller venues to a new audience.
The new Liam Gallagher may be a bit softer, but he's still not afraid of anyone (especially not the bloke who tackled Noel Gallagher onstage at Toronto's V Festival) and still doesn't give a crap what you think of him. Between brash expletives and chest pounding, the rock star who famously spent most of his life singing, fighting and/or drunk even declares himself a good role model: "I've seen worse, d'know what I mean?"
When exactly did Oasis morph into Beady Eye?
Andy Bell: The band Oasis broke up in Paris about 18 months ago because Noel Gallagher left the band. Oasis is about Noel and Liam together; it's not about one of them apart. So the rest of us decided to start a new band [the same night] called Beady Eye. We didn't have a name at the beginning, we just decided that we would play together and write songs together.
Did you try to approach it differently than you did in Oasis?
AB: We each were open to ideas from the others about how our songs should be. So, for example, we'd all contribute ideas and no one felt embarrassed to say something.
Liam Gallagher: Noel had his ideas and pretty much had his way. But, y'know, it's good this way.
How does the album compare to, say, 'Definitely Maybe'?
LG: Whether it's better or people like it more than 'Definitely Maybe,' we're not interested in that. We're really proud of it. The playing, the singing, and the songs on this album are amazing. It's a top album. Now whether the songs get to people's souls like 'Definitely Maybe' did, who knows? That's not for us to say. But it seems exciting. I think that people might like it.
Does releasing this album have a similar feel to the first Oasis release -- the idea that there are no preconceived notions? LG: Well, I think they know what's coming because everyone knows what we're about a bit more now. With Oasis, we were brand new, no one had ever seen my head or Noel. So it's a bit different because I was in Oasis for 18 years so people know what we're about, d'ya know what I mean? We're a bit more about what's now, so hopefully there will be more surprises in there.
You're releasing an album into a musical landscape vastly different from the one Oasis dominated. Does that worry you?
AB: Obviously that stuff changes all the time and it's been changing a lot faster recently. But still the big picture is you make albums. We haven't left the era of albums yet, which is a good thing. As far as singles are concerned, that's down to our label and management to see how that works. But I don't think there is such as thing as a single anymore, they're just radio tracks.
Are you saying that because your first single, 'The Roller,' didn't do as well as you'd expected?
AB: That's kind of what I was saying two minutes ago. It's all changed, you don't have singles anymore. There is no such thing as "hit singles" anymore. The last Oasis singles didn't even go Top 10 or Top 20.
LG: Let me say this: we're not sitting around crying, mate.
Was the single's failure a reality check of sorts?
LG: It was a reality check. But that's the way it is.
AB: So we decided to give up, this is the last interview, goodbye. [laughs]
LG: As far as comparing it to Oasis, let me tell you this, the f---ing record's only been released today so it could do as well as the Oasis records. But it's only been released today, so who knows where it'll go?
With Noel gone, did you feel freer creatively?
AB: The main difference [between Beady Eye and Oasis] is that Noel wasn't around in Beady Eye. He was the leader of Oasis. He had a vision of how the songs should be, he had a vision of how everything should sound and on this everyone had input, so yeah.
LG: We were pretty much free to see what happens. Throw it all out there and see what sticks.
How will you get people, especially Oasis fans, to listen with a new fresh ear?
AB: That's their problem. We're here making music, we can't change their preconceptions -- they just have to get on board or not.
LG: You don't want to make music to live in a bowl where everything's perfect. This is why I can't wait to play live, y'know. Let people know we're still s--- hot. And that's the thing, people will get the record and they might like it or not like it, but as a live band we're roaring, man.
So is the plan to just get on the road and become a touring machine for the next two years? LG: Naw man, nothing as serious as that; it's not like what we used to do in Oasis. We're gonna be over in North America in June just testing the waters. So if people like it, we'll come back and visit ya; if you don't , well, see ya later then. The plan is to go around the world, tour the album and have a good f---ing time.
You've spent a good portion of your career playing large venues and headlining festivals. Are you worried about playing in smaller venues this time around?
LG: It's gonna be amazing man, those smaller venues is where it's at. Them big venues are boring. I mean, financially it's good and all that, but we can't wait to play small venues.
You always seemed to relish the big spectacle. LG: We're playing these venues out of choice, we're not doing it 'cause we've been told to. We're just gonna get on stage and play the tunes. No f---ing about.
Last time you you came overseas Noel was attacked onstage at the Virgin Festival in Toronto. Are you worried about returning after the incident last time? LG: I ain't scared of no f---er, mate.
Have you returned to Toronto since then, I heard you were thinking of moving there a while ago?
LG: Yeah, I've got a house in Toronto. I was there last week. I am really fond of it. My wife's from Toronto so I'm there a lot. We've always loved Toronto. The s--- that happened with Noel isn't gonna dampen that mood. That's just one f---ing idiot, y'know what I mean?
What do you think of bands such as Kasabian who have, to a certain extent, filled the Oasis-shaped 'lad rock' void in British musical culture?
LG: Fair play. I love Kasabian, at least they're out there doing it. But there's not a lot of people out there doing it, is there? It's like in Oasis...
AB: ...is Arcade Fire from Canada?
Yeah, they're from Montreal. AB: They're a great band.
Would you be interested in touring with the Arcade Fire? LG: We're not touring with anyone, mate. We're doing our own thing, we're not supporting anyone.
Why have you chosen to do that?
LG: Because we wanna. We're not a support band.
Is going on the road different than it was back in the day?
LG: I mean you got to make sacrifices in life and those sacrifices are that you don't get to see your family as much, but that's f---ing life, isn't it? You gotta bring home the bacon for the missus, y'know?
Now that you have a family Liam, do you worry about being a role model?
LG: You definitely got to tone it down as you get older, less drugs and drinking. As a role model for my family or friends, I think I'm a pretty good one. I've seen worse, d'know what I mean? We look after ourselves and we mean business -- so I think we're bloody good role models.
The Roller Stalls at #31 on UK Chart - But So Did Supersonic
Liam Gallagher has said the Number 31 UK chart peak of Beady Eye's debut single 'The Roller' was a "reality check" for the band.
The song, released in January, entered the chart at 31 and dropped to Number 68 the following week.
Asked by Spinner how he felt about the track's failure to sell more, Gallagher replied: "It was a reality check. But that's the way it is."
However, the frontman was defensive about how the band's debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which is set to chart this Sunday, might sell in comparison to previous Oasis albums. He said: "As far as comparing it to Oasis, let me tell you this, the fucking record's only been released today so it could do as well as the Oasis records. But it's only been released today, so who knows where it'll go?"
According to midweek sales figures, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' is at Number Three in the UK albums chart. Ironically, 'The Roller''s peak at Number 31 in the UK singles chart equals that of Oasis' debut single 'Supersonic', which reached the same position in 1994.
Beady Eye are set to play their first ever gig tonight (March 3) in Glasgow
Vanity Fair Asks: Who's Better For Insults - Liam or Noel Gallagher?
Liam Gallagher, former Oasis front man, does not much care for the new Radiohead album. “I heard that fucking Radiohead record and I just go, ‘What?!’ I like to think that what we do, we do fucking well. Them writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself! You’d have thought he’d have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?” Really, really just did not like it very much. Gallagher and his brother Noel, also formerly of Oasis, are famous for their public distaste for many of their peers. But which Gallagher brother hates things better?
Below, we’ve collected some of their most memorable tirades.
Noel, on Scissor Sisters: “I particularly loathe Scissor Sisters. I like ‘Laura’ from the first record, but it’s music for squares, man. They’re huge in England, but there’s no accounting for bad taste as far as the English are concerned.”
Liam, on Scissor Sisters: “Bright colors and fucking weirdos on stilts? I’m more entertaining than that shit.”
Noel, on Mark Ronson: “He wants to write his own tunes instead of ruining everyone else’s. Mark Ronson needs to learn three chords on the guitar and write a tune.”
Liam, on his own song “Wonderwall”: “I can't fucking stand that fucking song! Every time I have to sing it I want to gag. Problem is, it was a big, big tune for us.”
Noel, on the Kaiser Chiefs: “I did drugs for 18 years and I never got that bad as to say, ‘You know what? I think the Kaiser Chiefs are brilliant.’”
Liam, on Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day: “Fuck right off. I’m not having him. I just don’t like his head.”
Noel, again on the Kaiser Chiefs: “The worst thing about them is that they’re not very good. They play dress-up and sit on top of an apex of meaninglessness. They don’t mean anything to anybody apart from their fucking ugly girlfriends.”
Liam, on Noel: “I’ve heard his fucking new record ’cos I fucking sung on half of it. Fucking nonsense. When I was in America for Dig Out Your Soul, he swiped some off because he obviously knew he wanted to do a solo album.”
Noel, on Keane: “I feel sorry for Keane. No matter how hard they try they’ll always be squares. Even if one of them started injecting heroin into onto his cock people would go ‘Yeah but your dad was a vicar, good night.’”
Liam, on Chris Martin: “Chris Martin looks like a geography teacher. What’s all that with writing messages about Free Trade? If he wants to write things down I'll give him a pen and a pad of paper. Bunch of students.”
Really, though, Liam won us over early with “you’d have thought he’d have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week.”
Liam Gallagher has laid into Radiohead for writing music "about a fucking tree" on their new album 'The King Of Limbs'.
The ex-Oasis man, currently fronting Beady Eye, berated the Oxford five-piece when asked about his musical influences in an interview with Thequietus.com.
He referenced Radiohead's recent shock-release of 'The King Of Limbs', the name of which derives from a 1,000 year old tree in Wiltshire.
"I heard that fucking Radiohead record ['The King Of Limbs'] and I just go, 'What?!'" he said. "I like to think that what we do, we do fucking well. Them writing a song about a fucking tree? Give me a fucking break! A thousand year old tree? Go fuck yourself!"
Speaking of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's decision to take influence from the tree in question, Gallagher added: "You'd have thought he'd have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?"
Meanwhile, the frontman has designed a T-shirt with his Pretty Green label in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, which he can be seen modelling in the image above.
All profits from the £45 t-shirt, which comes with a pin badge, will go to the charity, which is once again staging a number of gigs in London this March. Gallagher will play with Beady Eye at one such show on March 25.
Speaking about the hook-up, Gallagher said: "I've always been a massive supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This collaboration is only just the start."
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Different Gear, Still Speeding Now Available in the USA
Beady Eye's debut album "Different Gear, Still Speeding" is now available in the USA
This week only, download the exclusive iTunes LP version of the album for only $7.99. The iTunes LP features the b-sides 'Man Of Misery' and 'Sons Of The Stage', the full album booklet, music videos for 'Bring The Light', 'Four Letter Word' and 'Sons Of The Stage', plus extra behind-the-scenes video footage.
Find the CD version of "Different Gear, Still Speeding" on sale at Best Buy stores in the USA for $7.99 this week, or order all physical formats (including limited edition deluxe CD/DVD) from Amazon.com.
On March 8th, the standard 13-song digital version will be available on all digital stores, and the 2xLP heavyweight vinyl will be in select retail stores.
Brother To Liam Gallagher: We're Certainly Not Posh
Brother from Slough have reacted against Liam Gallagher's comment that the band are "little posh boys with tattoos".
"He's the one living in a mansion," says frontman Lee Newell of the former Oasis singer.
Brother have been hailed as Brit Pop revivalists, which may have prompted Gallagher to make his remark.
"We're certainly not posh. There's nothing wrong with that, but no we're not," Lee says.
"I grew up in quite a modest area of Slough, my parents worked hard and got a bigger house and blah blah blah."
Lee went to Burnham Grammar and played his first gig in a Slough tandoori restaurant, being paid in curry.
When we finally were happy enough with our band we launched it and within two months we were signed.”
Now, Lee and his band have a lucrative deal with Geffen, being signed within two months of launching themselves on the gig circuit.
But do not be mistaken that Brother are merely caught up in a whirlwind of hype. The band have almost meticulously planned their rise to fame.
"We got together about 18 months before we got signed," says Lee.
"We took a bit of a different approach. Rather than play the 'toilet tours' over and over again we thought we'd keep it to ourselves for a while until we were 100 per cent happy with it and were sure we were good enough live."
"When we finally were happy enough with our band we launched it and within two months we were signed."
Their first gig was with Paul McCartney's son James in Brighton, and they've just completed a tour that was mostly sold out.
Currently they're on another tour supporting The Streets and then they are off to the world famous music showcase event, SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas between 15 and 30 March.
Their current single, Darling Buds Of May, and forthcoming as-yet-untitled album (out on 4 July) has been produced by Stephen Street, who's worked with Blur, The Smiths and Kaiser Chiefs.
"It was an absolute honour," says Lee. "He was like a hero of ours growing up so to actually work with him was incredible.
"He was responsible for a lot of our favourite albums.
"He was so nice and he made us work really hard and I think we've created something really brilliant with him."
So it is all looking good for Brother, whose members Sam Jackson and Frank Colucci used to be in Twice Upon A Time, a band that played the Reading Festival after winning a BBC Berkshire Introducing talent search in 2006.
But despite being the band of the moment, they have not forgotten their roots and are playing two gigs in Berkshire.
They are coming to Play, Milford Road, Reading on Monday 11 April and then they are playing a hometown show at Slough's West Wing arts centre, Stoke Road on Sunday 8 May.
"This is where we've grown up," says Lee.
"We're not going to pretend we're not from there anymore, we're quite proud to grow up there and it would be nice to go back as a band who are doing something."
PARIS — Liam Gallagher is still committed to making "great music" after splitting with his brother Noel following an umpteenth dispute in August 2009, the singer said.
The end of Oasis, the most popular English group of the past two decades, was sealed just moments before the start of the closing concert of "Rock en Seine".
"The day after," Liam regrouped with guitarist Gem Archer, bass player Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock under the name of Beady Eye, he told AFP.
Their goals? "Making great music, inspiring people and not bowing down."
The charismatic singer says he had not for a second imagined stopping making music, or continuing under the Oasis banner.
The other musicians did not hesitate to join him, he said, "because Noel left Oasis. He didn't go, 'Do you guys want to come with me?'"
Despite his well-documented quarrels with Noel, Liam denies wanting to take "revenge" against his older brother.
But Beady Eye reeks of it.
Noel was Oasis's main songwriter and loved to present himself as the cornerstone of the group.
But Liam said: "I thought we were all creative forces behind that band. People know that we brought a lot on the table."
Fans and critics however regard the new band with a blend of impatience, curiosity and skepticism.
"It's a new thing, with a legacy" said Archer, to explain the strange position that Beady Eye finds itself in.
Its first concert in Paris will be at the modest Nouveau Casino in March.
"Different Gear, Still Speeding" the new Beady Eye album that came out on Monday, comes nowhere near the heights initially attained by Oasis with "Definitely Maybe" and "(What's the Story) Morning Glory".
The album is redolent of 1960s English rock, from the Kinks to the Small Faces, with one song even called "Beatles and Stones".
"There's no point in saying, 'Let's go down a new route, try and reinvent the wheel'!" Gallagher said. "These bands wrote the best music, their records still sound amazing. They're the ones I want to be in the ring with."
Even if the music is not avant-garde, Beady Eye uses its influence with a freshness and enthusiasm that had deserted Oasis over the past few years.
The group attributes the dynamic to its new, more democratic mode of functioning.
"Noel always had in mind what the album was gonna be. But this time round, on this record the four of us were really on the same page," Gallagher said.
Guitarist Archer said, for his part: "I already feel it's special. We don't want to squeeze the life out of it, keep it special."
On his first album since the breakup of Oasis, the megapopular English band he led with his older brother Noel for nearly 20 years, Liam Gallagher seems unfazed by the challenge of living up to such global hits as “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova.”
Indeed, he’s hunting bigger game: “I’m gonna stand the test of time, like Beatles and Stones,” Gallagher sings not long into the song named for those legends on the Beady Eye debut, in which he’s joined by three recent Oasis alums: Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock. That “Beatles and Stones” rides a hurtling groove virtually indistinguishable from the one in “My Generation” by the Who provides some indication of Gallagher’s seriousness here. When it comes to carrying the torch for an earlier generation’s idea of rock ’n’ roll perfection, no one means as much business as Liam Gallagher.
Consider it a pleasant surprise, then, that “Different Gear, Still Speeding” — a late-model Oasis record in all but name — manages to sound as lively as it does. Opener “Four Letter Word” and “Bring the Light” bristle with punky irritation, while “Standing on the Edge of the Noise” lives up handily to its title. In the appealingly trippy “Wind Up Dream,” Gallagher even finds a suitable home for his uniformly dreadful refrigerator-magnet poetry. Inevitably, things slow down in a handful of soggy ballads, including “Kill for a Dream,” in which Gallagher informs us, “Life’s too short not to forgive / You can carry regrets but they won’t let you live.” But, hey, every guitar must eventually weep, right?