“Cult legend and all round hero” LOUDER THAN WAR
“Behind the humour there are serious political messages of equality and general respect for one another.” CLASH
“Beans is all about the connection. It’s all about getting across simple but lost messages that we should be good and honest to each other and find value in what is really important.” MUSOS GUIDE
Rolling Up The Hill, the new Beans on Toast album, is his most creative record to date and it’s an album all about friendship, travel and art. It’s also about drinking, protesting and growing older in these strange modern times.
His seventh studio album in the same amount of years will be released as usual on 1st December via Xtra Mile Recordings. It was recorded this August in Kansas with husband and wife country duo Truckstop Honeymoon. Beans met the duo at Larmer Tree festival last year, and after hanging out and playing some shows with them in New Orleans they hatched a plan to go to The Ninth Ward Picking Parlour in Lawrence, Kanas to make an album together. The duo brings together double bass, mandolin and finger picking sounds to Beans on Toast unique art of songwriting. Of course though, they were still joined by long-term partner in crime Bobby Banjo, on harp and banjo. Throw in a couple of Kansas players dropping in some horns and some drums and you’ve got a Beans on Toast album that is fresh, fun and exciting whilst at the same time not losing any of Beans on Toast’s original cheap and easy English attitude that has got him to where he is today.
Ten years in the game and Beans has built up something of an underground following around the world, and is now ramming out festival fields and tents on the UK circuit and constantly touring new and foreign land. This year alone he’s played shows on rooftops in Cape Town, tropical islands in the Barbados, folk festivals in Canada and covered over 10,000 miles in the USA. He also toured the fringes on the UK in the wake of the terrible result at this year’s election, taking in the mood of the country by visiting Harlow, Preston, Chester and the like. He has, of course, got songs all about these travels.
As usual Beans on Toast has made the album he wants to make it; no rules, no one to impress, just simple opinionated songs about honest subjects.
1. The Mudhills Crew
2. Robin Hood Costume
3. I’m Home When You Hold me
4.The Great American Novel
5. Driving Me Crazy
6. The Industrial Estate
7. God is a Cartoonist
8. The Art of Friendship
10. Numbers and Words
11. A Bit More Track in the Monitor
Beans on Toast is currently supporting Frank Turner on a 6 week tour of the USA.
11 Nov – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
12 Nov – Glasgow, Stereo
13 Nov – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
15 Nov – Newcastle, The Cluny
17 Nov – Liverpool, The Kazimeir
18 Nov – Manchester, Gorilla
19 Nov – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
20 Nov – Leicester, Soundhouse
21 Nov – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
24 Nov – Birmingham, The Rainbow
25 Nov – Oxford, Bullingdon Club
26 Nov – Bristol, The Marble Factory
27 Nov – Swansea, The Garage
28 Nov – Plymouth, The Junction
02 Dec – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
03 Dec – Brighton, Patterns
04 Dec – Canterbury, Penny Theatre
10 Dec – London, Islington Assembly Halls