Beans on Toast
His first album since his relocation to Kent, ‘Survival of The Friendliest’ was recorded around the Summer solstice in the midst of a heatwave, a thunderstorm, a bird song, a glorious sunset and a midnight swim. Written with old friends Blaine Harrison and Jack Flanagan of the Mystery Jets, it’s an album that radiates with a genteel style and mellow warmth, reflective of the environment it was created in.
With all the tracks laid-down in just under a week, the album was finalised at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, where a cast of revolving musicians including the multi-talented gospel singer Sarah Telman (backing vocals, strings), Rosie Bristow of Holy Moly & The Crackers (accordion), Adriano Rossetti-Bonell (saxophone) and Graham Godfrey (drums) made the magic happen. Speaking about the creative process Beans says:
“The record was produced by Blaine, quite possibly the coolest motherf**ker I know. Making this album was an absolute joy, I guess my hope is that if the listener gets a glimpse of that joy then we would have succeeded.”
With every fibre made with a little help from his friends, the cover art for the album is by London based painter Georgie Mason, a pal who Beans met at Glastonbury a few years back; whereas its stunning visual
accompaniments (to be revealed in due course) were made by old school friend and wildlife photographer: Curt Walsh.
An album about friendship, about creativity and humanity and about why those three things are important,
‘Survival of the Friendliest’ is exactly what the world needs now.
In support of the new album, Beans on Toast will be touring some of the UK’s finest independent venues with
his brand new live band, which will feature many of the artists who contributed to the record.
Tickets go on sale Friday 24th September