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Regardless of how one feels about the brothers Gallagher, it would be silly not to acknowledge Oasis’ status as one of the most important rock acts of the 1990s and early 2000s, if not one of the best. Did their career outlive their shelf life by an album or two? Sure. But that can’t take away the legacy of songs like “Live Forever” or “Don’t Look Back in Anger.”
Back in 2009, Liam and Noel finally called it quits for good with Liam taking the rest of the Oasis boys with him to form Beady Eye. (If you’re keeping score, that includes former Ride axe-slinger Andy Bell, Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer, and drummer Chris Sharrock.) Their debut LP, Different Gear, Still Speeding, will be released on their own Beady Eye Records imprint in the U.K. on February 28th, with “Bring the Light” offered as the first taste of Liam & Co.’s post-Oasis work.
Whereas their former band was frequently knocked for their egregious aping of those Liverpudlian mop-tops, “Bring the Light” shares a flavor with more recent compatriots such as Supergrass and Inspiral Carpets. Beady Eye barrel straight ahead on this cut, a boisterous rock ‘n roll tune buffeted by rolling piano chords, yowling guitar, and overdubbed, call and response female harmonies.
It’s not much to write home about in the way of originality, but it’s undeniably a hip-shaking good time. The sense of fun and abandon Beady Eye bring to the table on “Bring the Light” is something that would have served Oasis better on their last few efforts. Whether it will appeal to fans of the defunct act is tough to gauge but it is sure to find the quartet a new batch of delighted listeners.