Zero hour for all you slaver-jowled Oasis boosters has finally arrived.
Next Tuesday, Beady Eye — the remaining members after songwriter Noel Gallagher’s departure, including co-guitarists Andy Bell and Gem Archer, along that mouthiest of malcontent Mancunians, Noel’s vocalist kid brother Liam — are finally unleashing their “Different Gear, Still Speeding” debut on the world (via — what else? — their own Beady Eye Records imprint).
And with great new Steve Lillywhite-overseen cuts like “Kill For A Dream” and the Lennon-ish “The Roller,” it’s every bit as anthemic — and decidedly Oasis-like — as you’d expect.
The Gallaghers haven’t spoken since a backstage Paris dustup in 2009.
“We’ve got nothing to say to each other,” snarls Liam, who’s also busy with his mod-hip Pretty Green clothing line/stores.
But why the odd new post-Oasis moniker? “We tried a few names, like Monkey Eyes, Cat’s Eyes, but they’d all been taken,” Gallagher explains. “But I dunno — you’ve gotta call yourself something, and [Beady Eye] was the one that everyone was buzzing about. And it means being aware of things, not letting things get out of hand.”
But has the man actually slowed down, now that he’s becom a husband and father? He snorts derisively. “A little bit. But not musically, though. Musically, we’re f-----g on fire, man! Musically, we’re picking up the pace and we’re f-----g buzzing!”
Judge for yourself at www.beadyeyemusic.com.