Yesterday, Liam Gallagher of the British indie rock band, Beady Eye, announced that the band has split up. The former Oasis frontman tweeted, “Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support. LGx.” Fellow bandmate Andy Bell followed up by tweeting, “Thanks to all the Beady Eye fans. I had a blast. See you on the other side. Big Love Andy B X.”
Beady Eye was founded in 2009 following the split of Oasis — the Manchester-based band with an 18-year history — and is composed of former members Liam Gallagher, Bell, guitarist Gem Archer, and drummer Chris Sharrock. Setting out to try something new, Gallagher founded Beady Eye shortly after, and together, the band put out two studio albums: Different Gear, Still Speeding in 2011, and BE in 2013. Although the new music project never achieved quite the same heights as Oasis did, in 2011, they were nominated for “Best New Band” at the NME Awards.
Leading up to the breakup, the band had been having a hard time staying active both online and on tour. Their official website remained unupdated for much of the year, not having been changed since February. They were also forced to cancel their slots at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Without disclosing very much information about the reason behind the cancellations, the band tweeted that they couldn’t peform “for reasons beyond [their] control.” A few months later, the band reportedly went separate ways from their manager, Scott Rodger. The last performance given by Beady Eye was in Japan, early this year, in March.
On the contrary, former Oasis member, Noel Gallagher’s, musical career carries on. He is currently putting much of his effort into a project known as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The band, formed in 2011, overlaps with the original gang a bit as well, featuring a former Oasis session keyboardist named Mike Rowe. Other members include Jeremy Stacey, drummer for the Lemon Trees, guitarist Tim Smith, and bassist Russell Pritchard. High Flying Birds are set to release their new album, Chasing Yesterday, next March. The LP will feature former guitarist for the Smiths, Johnny Marr, on the final track entitled “The Ballad of the Mighty I.”