Liam Gallagher has said the Number 31 UK chart peak of Beady Eye's debut single 'The Roller' was a "reality check" for the band.
The new song, released in January, entered the chart at 31 and dropped to Number 68 the following week.
Asked by Spinner how he felt about the track's failure to sell more, Gallagher replied: "It was a reality check. But that's the way it is."
However, the frontman was defensive about how the band's debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which is set to chart this Sunday, might sell in comparison to previous Oasis albums. He said: "As far as comparing it to Oasis, let me tell you this, the fucking record's only been released today so it could do as well as the Oasis records. But it's only been released today, so who knows where it'll go?"
According to midweek sales figures, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' is at Number Three in the UK albums chart. Ironically, 'The Roller''s peak at Number 31 in the UK singles chart equals that of Oasis' debut single 'Supersonic', which reached the same position in 1994.
Beady Eye made their live debut in Glasgow tonight (March 3), playing for just over an hour to a packed crowd at the city's Barrowlands venue.
Stage-banter was kept to a minimum by Liam Gallagher's new band throughout the 14-song show, and the singer made no reference to his estranged brother Noel or his old band Oasis.
Beady Eye's first song was 'Four Letter Word', played shortly after 9pm (GMT). They followed it with a set made up largely of tracks from their new album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'. Before playing 'Bring The Light', Gallagher did address the crowd, saying: "Right, I reckon it's time to get off the fence, yeah? Because I've seen a few of you sitting on it."
The Scottish audience reacted positively to the band throughout, chanting Gallagher's name in between each song. Although most of the tracks the band played were faithful in sound to their recorded counterparts, the Andy Bell-penned 'Millionaire' was given a distinctly more electric-feel than on the album.
The band ended their set with their cover of World Of Twist's 'Sons Of The Stage'. Gallagher thanked the crowd for "coming along and checking it out" before leaving the stage.
Beady Eye played:
'Four Letter Word'
'Beatles <> And Stones'
'Wind Up Dream'
'Bring The Light'
'Standing On The Edge Of The Noise'
'Kill For A Dream'
'Three Ring Circus'
'Man Of Misery'
'The Beat Goes On'
'The Morning Sun'
'Sons of the Stage'
Art Brut have revealed details of their new album, a free download and a London residency.
London's pop situationists release their fourth record, 'Brilliant… Tragic!', on May 23 through Cooking Vinyl. It is preceded by a single, 'Lost Weekend', a week earlier on May 16.
Like its predecessor 'Art Brut Vs Satan', the album was produced by Pixies legend Black Francis, but Eddie Argos has revealed things were different this time: "We had more time in the studio this time, so Black Francis had time to teach me to sing. I'm very proud that I sing on it. Only took four albums to start singing, not bad."
Explaining the record's themes, Argos continued: "'Bang Bang Rock & Roll' did what it said on the tin. 'It's A Bit Complicated' was a bit complicated. On 'Art Brut Vs Satan' we had to fight Satan. This one follows the same pattern, it is a brilliant, tragic, record. If it was a TV show you'd define it as a dramedy."
Art Brut are also offering a free track, 'Unprofessional Wrestling', along with a host of extras via Pledgemusic.
The tracklisting for 'Brilliant… Tragic!' is:
'Clever Clever Jazz'
'Is Dog Eared'
'Martin Kemp Welch Five-A-Side Football Rules!'
'I Am The Psychic'