Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has unveiled the name of his new band, and has also revealed they are working on new tracks with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite.
The new group will be named Beady Eye, and features his fellow ex-Oasis members Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, who were left in limbo last August when Noel Gallagher finally left the band following a bust-up with his brother in Paris. The short statement doesn’t include a mention for Jeff Wootton, who is widely tipped to be the band’s new bass player.
Producer Steve Lillywhite will bring a wealth of experience to the new band, having worked on a number of classic albums over his career. He is perhaps best-know for his work with U2, producing their debut album ‘Boy‘ and their 2004 record ‘How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb‘ amongst others. In addition, he has collaborated with other huge acts including Talking Heads on ‘Naked‘, The Rolling Stones’ 1986 LP ‘Dirty Work‘ and Peter Gabriel’s third record, while his work on The La’s debut album helped to bring cohesiveness to the sessions which produced such a brilliant debut record – even if Lee Mavers didn’t think so.
He was also behind the desk for The Pogues’ classic 1987 album ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God‘ and skillfully managed the band’s ongoing move away from their early traditional Irish sound, and was responsible for suggesting his then wife Kirsty Maccoll should share the vocals on the group’s biggest hit, the Christmas single ‘Fairytale Of New York‘.
A new single by Beady Eye is still expected in October.
Bad name aside, I am excited by the prospect these guys are working with Steve Lilywhite, he’s a very big producer who has produced the biggest band’s and albums in the past 30 years. I’m sure the album will sound crisp and massive.
“Beady Eye”, ha ha. I hope the song titles are as charming.