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Beans On Toast – Writing On The Wall

Beans is Back!

Beans on Toast, the three chord wonder, from Braintree in the UK, has been a staple part of my music diet for the last year or so, and despite having a 50 track debut album (yes, you heard me) to listen to time and time again, I couldn’t wait when I heard that he was releasing a new album.

Writing on the Wall sees Beans, or Jay McAllister, backed by a full band this time, rather than just him and his kids guitar! The brief, 30 minute long album was released on his 30th birthday – I’m sure you can see the link there… And it’s fantastic! Whilst Standing on a Chair, Jay’s debut album, was fantastic in the sense that it was full of very memorable, contraversial tracks that made you really think about life, it didn’t feel like much of an album, more a bunch of songs to be sung in bars or busked on the streets of London.

Writing on the Wall does not see Beans cutting out any of his down-to-earth and sometimes cringingly blunt opinions of the world around him, yet the songs, backed with all manner of instruments, from fiddles and violins to banjos, harmonicas and drums seem to have much more power behind them, and the songs sound so much more refined. He still songs that many may find offensive, such as Methadrone, which begins with ‘Well this is a song about glamourising drugs, I advise you to stick some powder up your nose,’ yet you do not get the impression that he is saying this just to be offensive, as he later on states that the money gained from the tax could be used to build new hospitals! However this is what makes Beans on Toast so unique – his ability to speak his mind without any care of what people might think. The album also sees Beans’ raspy voice warning the world about the international oil crisis as well as the decline of the music industry. All of this makes for an enthralling, albeit brief, listen. Highlights for me include – artmoneyart, Foolish, Wild and Forgetful and Old Grunge, which you can see a live performance of below:

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Frank Turner @ The Corn Exchange – December 6th 2010

This week has been a good week! Not only has Beans on Toast’s new album been released, I also went to see a close friend of his, Frank Turner this Monday. Frank Turner is a unique gem of the punk rock world. Having been educated at Eton and hailing from Winchester, he is not exactly a your typical punk rock sewer rat, however don’t think that I hold this against him, because I absolutely do not! Despite his privileged roots, Frank is one of the sensible ones who can see there is still a lot in the world to shout about, and his very special brand of acoustic folk/punk does exactly that.

This year’s tour, much like Beans, sees Frank back on the road with a full band, rather than just him and an acoustic guitar. However before we could experience Frank, first came the support acts! Unfortunately we missed Dive Dive, but arrived in time to see Ed Harcourt – and he was amazing! He produced the single most impressive sound I have ever heard from one man, and he played too many instruments to keep count of, including banjo, guitar (both electric and acoustic), trombone, drums and piano! His songs were really emotive and he kept the whole crowd transfixed throughout. I’ve since listened to his new album, Lustre, and have fallen in love with his weird and wonderful style!

Next up was the main man of the night – Frank Turner took to the stage with the upbeat Eulogy. After briefly calling for our support due to a sore throat, the show went on – see the setlist below:

Highlights for me included ‘The Road’, the new hit-to-be ‘I Still Believe’ with it’s catchy chorus that is sure to get future crowds involved in arenas across the globe! Also, the hilarious ‘Ballad of Steve,’ written by Frank and his friend John Snodgrass about the famous story of flight attendant Steve Slater, who jumped out of a plane after its landing on the runway as a protest against his mundane worklife. Another personal highlight was Long Live The Queen and, of course, Photosynthesis – a great way to end an amazing night!

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