Beady Eye - Barrowlands, Glasgow, Thu 3 Mar 2011
Liam Gallacher's new project puts a fresh coat of paint on the old sounds
Here it was, then, the first ever gig by Liam Gallagher’s new post-Oasis project (essentially Oasis without his brother Noel). We might have been forgiven for feeling underwhelmed by the prospect, those of us who’ve watched and heard the one-time sound of their generation advance through predictability to crushing monotony, and it was probably better that way. At least now we can say we were pleasantly surprised by a show which – despite Liam’s typically forthright greeting to a crowd chanting his name, a spat-out ‘try fuckin’ harder’ – displayed touches of uncharacteristic humility.
Refusing to play any Oasis songs, Gallagher instead led the typically committed crowd through an hour-long procession of Beady Eye’s limited output thus far. A live sextet, they freshened up rather than betrayed their past with laid-back comeback ‘The Roller’, beat group rocker ‘Beatles & Stones’, the indie-pop La’s chime of ‘For Anyone’ and the epic 70s psych-rock of ‘The Beat Goes On’. Naturally new ground remained resolutely unbroken – although a closing cover of World of Twist’s ‘Sons of the Stage’ won obscurity Top Trumps over ‘I Am the Walrus’ – but the scale of the back-projected videos filling the rear wall and the creditable polish to their sound might have indicated this band’s desire to climb the ranks again quickly.