Saturday, July 13, 2013

BE 16th positive review

NORWICH - Found another positive review. Today Beady Eye @ T in the Park festival in Scotland (photo in the backstage), see next post.

On the last outing, Beady Eye were just ‘Liam Gallagher’s new band’. Liam had come up with some exciting new material with his new mates, but we knew it was never going to be Oasis-standard even before we heard it. A victim of his own success, Liam’s first offering since ‘the tiff’ Different Gear Still Speeding was never going to surpass what the Super Gallagher Bros. had done previously.
Second album in, this isn’t the case. BE is experimental, rejuvenating, a reincarnation for Liam. No longer is the battle between Liam’s new band and Noel Gallagher’s Flying what’s-their-faces. They’re not even Liam’s band anymore; they’re Beady Eye, disassociating themselves with Oasis’ dirty, successful past. The hype’s over; now they’re having fun.
BE’s production is sublime and where the fun lies. This is no less apparent in opener Flick of the Finger, a brass-heavy, polished opening piece adorned with distorted spoken word ready to set your ears alight with inspiration. Lead single Second Bite of the Apple is similar, but mixes the prowess of epic brass with the enigmatic and mysterious; at first listen it’s odd, but magical. The wizardry of this production ensures this musical piece is perfectly crafted, like Beady Eye are explicitly saying, “We’re back and we’re better, have you missed us?”
Acute craftsmanship is unmistakable in the songwriting as well. A particular diamond in this jewellery box is the serenity-inducing Don’t Brother Me, three minutes of intoxicating bliss followed by four of instrumental sorcery. Also sparkling is happy-go-lucky sing-a-long Iz Rite, the tribal Shine a Light, fusing ritual drumming with romantic, waltzing breakdowns, and the effortless I’m Just Saying, perfect for an open-top car ride at sunset.
Whilst Beady Eye were Different Gear Still Speeding with their last album, their second offering slows down at the end. 15 tracks long, BE finishes its last six winding down. But it makes the album’s pace lackluster; you feel like Beady Eye are dragging it out a bit. The World’s Not Set in Stone, the liveliest one of the bunch, puts a mild smile on your face. Ballroom Figured attempts to transport you to a deserted, nostalgic dance hall, but they just don’t put enough effort in to create the right atmosphere. Final tracks Back after the Break and Off at the Next Exit seem to merge into each other, passing you by. These songs could be cut, and fans wouldn’t miss out if this album was just a tad shorter.
Having said that, most of the time Beady Eye are majestic. They explore places no one ever thought they would, and have transformed into a band of their own right, not just a side-effect of another Gallagher brothers domestic.
[there was no rating, but sounds like another 4 stars]
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Beady Eye gigography

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
19 October - Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany (cancelled - not Beady Eye fault)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour dates

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)




2014


more soon