Monday, November 3, 2014

Rock In Peace: Beady Eye

After 5 years and 2 albums, the Liam Gallagher lead, post-OASIS rock group Beady Eye has quietly disbanded.  After imploding backstage in 2009, then OASIS members Gallagher, Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock quickly reunited sans Noel to form the new group.  Their first album, the fast paced, guitar and piano charging Different Gear, Still Speeding dropped in 2011 to mixed reviews and tepid sales.  Psychedelic and meandering follow up BE fared little better in 2013.  After keeping busy with launching clothing line Pretty Green (which Noel attributes to bringing tension to OASIS), starting Beady Eye, raising kids and sadly getting divorced after admitting to fathering a love child with a journalist, it sounds like Mr. Gallagher could use a little break to reassess.  It will be interesting to see where he goes from here as he's only known the rock and roll lifestyle since OASIS formed in 1991 when Liam was only 21 years old and found success shortly thereafter.

Never short for words or wit, Liam Gallagher is one of our last great front men.  He's brash, cocky, hilarious, driven and talented.  While singers today avoid the spotlight and don't look like lead singers, Liam's manic energy and one of a kind attitude is both mesmerizing and polarizing.  Whereas bands are only too grateful to be noticed, Liam has always been of the "if you like it, great, if you don't, fuck off" camp which is both refreshing yet off putting to parts of the desensitized yet hyper touchy population.  Not letting big brother Noel put the kibosh on his music career,  Beady Eye managed to headline world tours, appear at countless festivals and even popped up at London's Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012.  Unfortunately Liam's voice is hit and miss these days since he was never trained as a singer and years of cigarettes and alcohol probably haven't helped.  But Gallagher doesn't seem to be the type who can sit still for long so I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he's sticking his finger up our nose and reminding us what a true rock and roll front man is all about.

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