Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis band Beady Eye are back in the ring in 2013 with a pugilistic new single, ‘Flick of the Finger’. In his typically blunt and defiant fashion, Gallagher comes out swinging with the opening line, “woke up this morning / I was laid out flat on the dark side”.
As might be expected, the forward-charging rhythm section and the guitar melody give the song a definite Oasis-type sound. Unlike Oasis (with older brother Noel at the songwriting helm), the vocal melody here is stubbornly repetitive, with no proper chorus or bridge to break up the monotony. This combined with Liam Gallagher’s overly nasal singing and the strident brass in the instrumental arrangement creates an effect very much like fingernails on a chalkboard.
The song ends somewhat weirdly, with a spoken section referring to some vaguely imagined proletariat rebellion. This section contains the title reference, about government scientists creating weapons that “can, with the flick of a finger, tear a million of you to pieces”.
Never one to pull a punch, Gallagher has written a song full of swagger and braggadocio, but without any particular sting or power. His approach is somewhat heavier-handed here than on their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’, which may be an indication of the musical direction Beady Eye intends to take in the future.
‘Flick of the Finger’ is the first preview of Beady Eye’s second studio album, currently operating under the working title of BE 06.2013. It is presumably due out in June.
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 28th June 2012 at 5:00 pm
Liam Gallagher’s clothing line Pretty Green is offering up a pretty sweet prize: accommodation plus plane and festival tickets for you and a friend for the 3-day Tokyo music festival Fuji Rocks (27-29 July). Who’s playing, you ask? Liam’s band Beady Eye, of course, plus the Stone Roses, Jack White, among many others.
You can win a chance for these tickets by simply buying vinyl from the new iPhone app Simply Tap, following these three easy steps:
1. Download the app from iTunes or Google Play, and register your details once.
2. Buy the album on vinyl you want by this Saturday (the 30th of June) using the tap code, QR code, or image recognition
3. Get it delivered, and see if you’re the lucky winner of two tickets to Tokyo!
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 30th August 2011 at 4:00 pm
Beady Eye have announced a handful of English dates for mid-November. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1st of September) at 9 AM. For sure these will sell out quickly, so if you’re planning to get tickets, set up a reminder so you don’t forget.
Friday 11th November 2011 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Saturday 12th November 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Monday 14th November 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tuesday 15th November 2011 – Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre
Thursday 17th November 2011 – London O2 Brixton Academy
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 at 9:00 am
We’ve all seen the photos and video of the devastation caused by the massive 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Now there’s a way you can see some of your favourite acts and help the relief effort at the same time.
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 24th February 2011 at 11:00 am
Following on from the success of the first series, Alexa Chung returns tomorrow night as the host of series 2 of MTV’s Gonzo. Alexa has called this show “her dream job”, and who wouldn’t, really? On each episode, she’ll be revealing her ‘Top 3′ things rocking her world that week – anything from brand new bands, gadgets, books, films, whatever cool stuff that’s on her mind. And every week she gets to meet a load of exciting music and popular culture personalities and gets to ask them the kinds of questions you won’t ever hear on any other chat shows. Of course, the success of Gonzo rests in your hands, as a centrepiece of these unusual q&a sessions is the Gonzola, a tombula filled full of questions from people like you. These personalities also get to weigh in and stump for their favourite new and emerging talent; for example, in the last series Bloc Party frontman-gone-solo Kele did just that.
But wait. A music show wouldn’t be a music show with live performances, and Gonzo will continue to showcase up and coming talent performing stripped down, acoustic versions. In addition to these exclusive to Gonzo performances, a Video of the Week, plucked straight from the MTV playlist, as well as a Director’s Cut feature allowing bands to walk us through their latest visual creations will be on every episode of Gonzo.
We’ve been told that the famed Gonzo sofa has been “slightly soiled” and to ‘blame Mark Ronson” – not going to touch that one. But we will venture that pants wetting may occur when you consider the guests that have already been confirmed for this second season of Gonzo: the recently returned Foo Fighters, Jessie J, Good Charlotte, Beady Eye, My Chemical Romance and comedian Russell Howard. Quite exciting.
Catch the first ep of series 2 tomorrow night (Friday) at 7 PM on MTV Music, with a repeat at 8 PM on MTV Rocks.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 25th January 2011 at 3:00 pm
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the handful of March UK tour dates for Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye would sell out quickly. To keep up with the demand, four English dates have been added for April. Tickets go on sale Friday (28 January) at 10 AM.
And just in case you want to keep up with their quest for world domination, Beady Eye have signed to Dangerbird Records in America, the Silverlake, California label that also looks after Delphic stateside.
Tuesday 12th April 2011 – Liverpool Mountford Hall
Wednesday 20th April 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 21st April 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Sunday 24th April 2011 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall