Blur's loss is Beady Eye's gain at Big day Out
THE news his band Beady Eye had been added to the 2014 Big Day Out line-up was an early Christmas present for Andy Bell.
The guitarist and his former Oasis band mates Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Chris Sharrock and former Kasabian guitarist (now bass guitarist) Jay Mehler make up the British rock band.
Beady Eye, along with the Deftones and The Hives, received the call-up to replace Blur in what has been a dramatic year for Big Day Out organisers.
"I found out about it on the night of our last gig before Christmas, so it was some good news to take with me to Christmas," Bell told APN.
"I'm very excited ... are you kidding? It's pouring with rain here (in London)."
It will be the band's first live performances in Australia after forming in 2009 following the break-up of Oasis and highly- publicised rift between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.
Beady Eye is just getting back in the groove of live performances after a hiatus late last year caused by the injury of Archer.
The five-piece had been promoting their second album Be, released over the UK summer.
"Really we had just started playing gigs to promote the album, and it immediately got derailed," Bell said.
"Gem fractured his skull and had a broken leg (after an accident at home). We had to stop for two or three months, so we've only really just got back into it.
"We're just grateful that he's fine now.
Tell you what it didn't seem like three months; it seemed like a week.
We were trying on a day-to-day level to stay in touch with the latest on his recovery."
Be was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who has recently worked with the likes of Santigold, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and CSS.
"We had a great time making it," Bell said.
"We made some interesting music together with Dave."
Bell, who wrote four songs on the band's debut album, has once again penned several tracks.
The first single off Be, Flip of the Finger, was a collaborative effort amongst the entire band.
Interestingly, Bell said the band members take a Musketeer-type attitude towards their songs.
"We put them into the band and we all share the credit for all of them anyway," he said.
"It does help if you're just working for the best thing for the song rather than your own songs.
"Once you've given the song to the band it belongs to the band."
Oasis fans may or may not hear Beady Eye play any songs from the now-defunct group at Big Day Out.
"We're going to be playing the best tunes off the old album and the new album, and maybe throw in an Oasis song or two if we feel like it," Bell said.
"We have been doing a couple of old classics here and there."
The Big Day Out plays Metricon Stadium and the Carrara Parklands on the Gold Coast on Sunday.