After Oasis ended, both brothers went their separate ways. The time spent apart from each other was also seen as a possible means of reconciliation, since a period of absence from each other’s lives meant that the strains in their relationship would inevitably cool off. And apparently, their mutual animosity indeed disappeared, or at least, softened a little.
While Noel started a solo career, under the name Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Liam formed a band called Beady Eye. The band recorded and released two albums, then disbanded, for unspecified reasons, after a brief career of almost five years. In the end of this month, Liam will release his first solo album – after he repeatedly denied doing so on twitter –, titled As You Were.
Nevertheless, we can’t deny the fact that the media has lost interest in them, as well the Gallagher brothers themselves apparently had also lost interest in the media. Well, why in the world they would be interested in appearing in mainstream media, anyway? They are both in their mid to late-forties, they are not young fascinated and impressionable rock stars any more. And far more important, they have achieved success with their musical careers, they are already rich and famous. So why bother, right?
But there is no denial that the Gallagher brothers – at least musically – functioned very well together. But separately, not so much. The greatest talent of Oasis was indeed Noel, who was the main songwriter of the group. He was also a decent singer, and a talented guitarist. As for Liam, he was a very good singer, and an average songwriter. And there was this chronic problem, the constant comparison with the Beatles. For a significant portion of the public has never seen Oasis as a mature or fully complete band, just a modern analogue version of the famous Liverpool quartet. While this fact is true – at least partially –, it is exceedingly relevant to the history of the band itself, that enormously acknowledged their sonorous debt to the most famous of all British bands.
After Oasis, though, it seemed that the musical autonomy of both brothers was at risk, but Liam far more, since his musical talent was way more limited, he hadn’t too much of an experience as a songwriter, and was way too dependable on other artists and musicians, something that never was an issue for Noel. Being enormously rich, though, a lot of people in the media, as well as the public, speculated that Liam would cool off, relax, enjoy life a little, as well as his money. But then Liam kicked off Beady Eye, surprising people who thought that he would remain stagnant. In the first years, the band apparently was doing fine. Unexpectedly, the group disbanded in 2014. In the following years, Liam denied the possibility of embarking on a solo career. Now, evidently – on the verge of releasing his debut solo album –, he has run backwards on his “promise”.
Both brothers seemed to have matured in recent years, since the break-up of Oasis. Liam, in special, may be discovering his true musical identity and abilities, keeping a deep journey throughout his own musical tastes and endeavors. Of course, we cannot expect too much from him, we all know that the real talent and creativity behind Oasis was Noel. Liam is a good singer – he has a great voice, for sure – but he hardly will be more than that.
Be as it is, the years are passing by. And we all feel relieved that, for a lot of time now, since the end of Oasis, the headlines in the news are not about incidents concerning the Gallagher brothers anymore.