SINGLE REVIEW: Beady Eye – Flick of the Finger
Beady Eye have made some pretty wild claims about their new music over the past few months. “In five words, it’s ‘majestic’, ‘imperial’, ‘out there’ and, er, what was the other one? Oh yeah, ‘heavy’” they claimed in one interview. What do you expect from a band whose front man is the notoriously audacious Liam Gallagher?
Technically, we don’t know if ‘Flick of the Finger’ is a single. Following in the trend of surprise overnight releases (see David Bowie as the ultimate secret keeper) it appeared overnight on an American radio show. What we do know is that it’s a good indicator of what is to come. ‘Flick of the Finger’ is a languorously chilled delight. It takes its time in building up, commencing with a simple drumbeat, followed by trumpets and numerous different instruments until finally we’re treated to Liam’s gloriously rich vocals.
He sounds relaxed and at ease which is a very different Liam to the snarling in-your-face cocky vocalist we are used to. He plays it pretty straight, letting the simple melody and music do most of the talking. The influences of the band are still clear in this track. They still sound similar to Oasis (anyone ever expecting them not to needs to simply answer the question; who was the front man of Oasis?), they still sound like they love the Beatles. But there seems to be a new confidence and ease about this new material which suggests Beady Eye have had time to gel and develop their sound together.
If debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ was Beady Eye’s defiant way of separating themselves from their Oasis past, then it seems the second album may be a stronger statement about their own personality. For all the bravado that the younger Gallagher brother projects to the world, he usually backs it up with quality. It feels like this Beady Eye release will be different. It feels like it may say something new. Get excited.
Listen to the track yourself below: