Image Credit: Steve GullickIt has been eighteen months now since Oasis broke up following a backstage blowout between singer Liam Gallagher and his guitarist brother Noel before a scheduled show in Paris.
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 that night 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.”
After the jump, 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.
You can check out the Beady Eye track “Four Letter Word” below.
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