Beady Eye announce autumn 2011 UK dates - tickets on sale Thursday 1st September
After The Libertines split up, their sound - a trashy, crashing marriage of dirty garage punk and romantic melancholic indie - split into distinct strands as the two protagonists went their separate ways. Listening back through the back catalogue, it is clear now which tracks were penned by Pete Doherty and which by Carl Barât, and those that were true collaborations.
Now that the fractious, troublesome Gallagher brothers have finally split, preferring to conduct their futile, juvenile, petty vendettas through the media instead of as members of the same band, the same is happening with Liam and Noel.
It was anticipated by many that Noel (seen as the brains of the operation) would effectively be Oasis-without-Liam, with the younger brother little more than a singer for hire. The reality is proving quite different.
Not only can Liam Gallagher manage his own press these days, like the two Libertines before him the Mancunian is emerging with his own style, his own strand of Oasis that was, seemingly, his all along, despite what the NME and Noel may have inferred. Enter Beady Eye, a noisy, guitar-heavy rock'n'roll band crowned with Liam's trademark vocal.
And it seems they're doing OK. The music is reassuring if unremarkable but the Liam Gallagher swagger is in full effect. Debut album, the dreadfully titled 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', was a commercial hit, peaking at No 3 in the UK and selling well around the world. The summer has seen live dates sandwiched between a number of festival appearances, including a recent headline slot on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Leeds/Reading.
Beady Eye are following their busy summer of festivals with a series of autumn dates, kicking off at Blackpool's legendary Empress Ballroom on 11th November. Gigs in Sheffield, Birmingham and Swindon follow, before the final date of the run at the Brixton Academy on Thursday 17th November.
We will have tickets for all dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Thursday 1st September, priced £28.50 for Brixton and £27.50 for all other shows.