THE snarling lip, the monkey stroll, the rasping voice - there’s no mistaking Liam Gallagher.
And in his new incarnation as frontman of Beady Eye, he’s a man reborn to rock and roll.
Critics who dismissed this line-up as Oasis without Noel were pleasantly surprised by Beady Eye’s debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding, which wore its 60s influences on its sleeve and sounded a lot fresher than the late-period offerings of Gallagher’s former band.
And there’s no disputing who’s the star here. Even before the band takes to the stage, a buzzing crowd are foootball-chanting Liam’s name.
Live and loud, these songs have a lot more punch. Opener Four Letter Word states the band’s intention perfectly as the singer adopts his slightly-too-tall-for-the-mike-stand pose and spits the lyrics into the crowd.
Subtler tracks like Millionaire and For Anyone break up the pace nicely, and thanks to belting versions of The Roller and Bring The Light, the beered-up fans got exactly what they came for.
There’s a definite sense that this new life on the road playing smalller venues again has revitalised the younger Gallagher brother. Someday, he and Noel will bury the hatchet for an Oasis reunion and a mega pay day.
But until then, this will do just fine.