Oasis are the new Blur are the new Suede are the new Birdland are the new Charlatans are the new Happy Mondays are the new Smiths. The band's debut, Definitely Maybe, sees them essaying a slurry, jangly, punked-up English rock 'n' roll of the sort that fires up the British music press's hype meters for the week--and, indeed, the album displays smarts a cut or two above comparable American acts, but dismayingly lacks almost anything that might make it memorable. The songs have a surface sheen, but far too many of them--all written by guitarist Noel Gallagher, who lets his brother Liam sing them--are thin thin thin. Only on the penultimate "Slide Away," a primo guitars 'n' vocals workout, do we get a hint of what Oasis might be capable of. To pass the time, the group sarcastically (yawn) warble about being rock stars and agreeably mug for the cameras--more than two dozen times on the CD-sleeve insert. Rock on. The Figgs open. Saturday, 11:30 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Steve Double.