Join us this Wednesday for the fourth episode of the Thekla Isolation Discs Podcast! Our special guest selecting his tracks this week is the folk singer Beans On Toast! Chris & Beans have a good old natter from their isolation stations and discuss these strange days, life after lockdown, music festivals, putting together an album, and how gangsta rap once took over the life of, in Beans’s words, a skinny white virgin from Essex.
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After more than 10 years in the game, Essex born songwriter Beans on Toast has become something of a cult figure. He’s written and recorded 10 albums, he’s played every bar, club, venue, pub, festival, party and honky tonk you can think of and he’s showing no signs of slowing down, he’s loved every minute of it.
He’s a hippy, a punk, a poet, a drunk, a die-hard romantic and an eternal optimist. Singing simple songs that tackle big issues. Political protest songs for the modern day, honest and open Love songs. Songs that will make you laugh, but also make you think with no holds barred honest lyrics and quick wit.
Beans on Toast’s new album, The Inevitable Train Wreck, is something different for the cult songwriter – an upbeat, old-school rock ’n’roll record about the worryingly bleak future of the human race, recorded solely on vintage, analogue equipment by Kitty and Lewis Durham. Taking inspiration from musical icons such as Chuck Berry and Otis Redding, as well as modern thinkers like Noah Yuval Harari and Greta Thunberg, the album is a collaborative project between Beans and Lewis and Kitty Durham from the much-loved family band, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis.
Beans wrote the collection of songs and brought them to Lewis and Kitty, who then rewrote the music behind the lyrics and produced the record in their studio, Durham Sound Studios, changing the sound from acoustic folk to the wonderful piece of work they present to you today. The intention of the project is probably best illustrated by the opening number, World Gone Crazy, a fast paced, classic rock ’n’ roll tune with lyrics that claim “On the brink of extinction in the age of anxiety everywhere you look is another catastrophe. ”Not one computer was used in the recording, mixing or mastering of the album, which is oddly fitting for Saying Thank You to Robots; a ska-tinged song about the rise of artificial intelligence. Yes, these are troubled times we live in, so it’s more important now than ever to celebrate what we already know to be good. “Life is ridiculous, it is hilarious, it can be dangerous and sometimes even tedious. But it’s resilient and it is beautiful and I believe in it. Long may it continue”
Check out his brand new live album here: https://tinyurl.com/beansontoastlive