Different Gear Still Speeding was written a lot faster than any of Oasis' albums. Said Gem Archer to the NME: "There's one tune on the album, 'Three Ring Circus,' where I finished writing the lyrics at 11 and then Liam came round at 12 to record his vocal… so don't say they're the worst lyrics on the album! Once we were up and running, it really was instant, man. We didn't go, 'Right, we need to go away to the woods and 'write.' It was more like, right, we'll deal with these and then see what comes."
Beady Eye is in effect Oasis minus Noel. When Spinner UK asked what made Beady Eye's songs different to those of Oasis, Liam Gallagher replied: "There's a bit more room in the songs, whereas in Oasis, there was a lot going on. We kind of steered clear of all that. The songs can breathe a bit more. And I'm singing, like, early on in the process. I'm not waiting until the end and singing over the wall of sound."
Andy Bell added: "That was one of the few things that was intentional. We hit on that method quite early on and stuck with it. It seemed to quite suit Liam's voice to get it recorded as soon as possible, because then also, when you play the guitars and the instruments, you can play them around the singing, which is probably the most important part of the song. You're trying to communicate an emotion, so you want the voice to be communicating properly."