Beans On Toast releases his seventh studio album Rolling Up the Hill on his birthday — like every year — 1 December 2015. You can preorder it on CD and download from our digital shop, from Banquet Records, and from Amazon.
The first track lifted from the album is ‘The Great American Novel’, Beans’ love letter to America. The track will also be an instant grat for those who preorder. Watch the video below:
Rolling Up the Hill is Beans' 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.
It was recorded in August with husband and wife country duo Truckstop Honeymoon in Kansas. 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's unique style of songwriting. Of course, 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 while 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 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 lands. This year alone he’s played shows on rooftops in Cape Town, tropical islands in Barbados, folk festivals in Canada and covered over 10,000 miles in the USA. He also toured the fringes of 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 six-week tour of the USA.
For his headline UK Tour, Truckstop Honeymoon will be joining him; they will open up the show and also play as his backing band, making Beans on Toast a full four-piece band at the following dates (which can also be found on our full-label gigs calendar:
11 Aberdeen @ The Lemon Tree
12 Glasgow @ Stereo
13 Edinburgh @ Voodoo Rooms
15 Newcastle @ The Cluny
17 Liverpool @ The Kazimier
18 Manchester @ Gorilla
19 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
20 Leicester @ Soundhouse
21 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
24 Birmingham @ The Rainbow
25 Oxford @ Bullingdon Club
26 Bristol @ The Marble Factory
27 Swansea @ The Garage
28 Plymouth @ The Junction
02 Portsmouth @ Wedgewood Rooms
03 Brighton @ Patterns
04 Canterbury @ Penny Theatre
10 London @ Islington Assembly Hall