Fronted by The Merlocs drummer, Matt Blach, Melbourne garage/psych band Beans have just released a new single ‘Haunted’ on news of the release of their new album ‘Boots N Cats’ in March 2024 through Fuzz Club.
‘Haunted’ is threaded with a fuzzy guitar riff spine and vast, cinematic instrumentation with distant vocals and a liquid bass. Repeating the line I’m haunted by the fear of failure, the band says:
‘Haunted’ is about life’s ups and downs. It’s mostly based around a wide metaphor for everyone that feels like they aren’t or can’t accomplish enough.
There is a deep seated melancholia to the delivery that is buoyed by the driving music:
‘Haunted’ is out today and available to stream and download here.
‘Boots N Cats’ is the third full-length album Beans, and the first of two albums set for release in 2024. It is a follow-up to 2018’s ‘Babble’ and 2020’s ‘All Together Now’, ‘Boots N Cats’ is a record which finds Blach placing percussion at centre-stage. Black says:
I’ve always wanted to make a drum-based album, dedicated around the beat first and then everything else follows– different production approaches, like hip-hop and crunched drums, and show an admiration and appreciation for the likes of The Meters, Wu-Tang and James Brown.
You can pre-order the album here and through the link below.
To celebrate the release of new single ‘Haunted’ and the announcement of upcoming album ‘Boots N Cats’, Beans will be playing a headline show at Melbourne’s beloved Brunswick Ballroom on Saturday December 30th, supported by Delivery and Hot Machine.
Saturday December 30th Brunswick Ballroom Melbourne
(w/ Delivery, Hot Machine)
Feature Photograph: Danysha Harriott