WITH his new album of acoustic optimism, Survival Of The Friendliest, out as of Friday gone and the first leg of a tour crisscrossing the islands already under way, London troubadour Beans on Toast has brought us one final single of homespun warmth, with a video starring Beans, his wife Lizzy Bee and daughter Wren all off connecting with nature in the Kent woods.
“Humans”, the single, is a warm celebration of all that we are, all of us; all we can be, all we can’t too, and the acceptance of that and the glory of it all. And couldn’t we use some sweely declaimed self-affirmation in a dark, winter world run awry?
“It’s a song about humans, nature, awe, wonder….. and unicorns.” says Beans.
It follows previous singles “Not Everybody Thinks We’re Doomed” and “A Beautiful Place” in making three the magic number – like Beans, Lizzy Bee and Wren themselves, apropos the De La Soul and Bob Dorough song.
That album, available digitally, features special guests such as Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison and Jack Flanagan, spoken-word artist Dizraeli, author Nick Hayes and more.
Beans is currently on tour and has a whole clutch of dates in the new year as well, with a new live band featuring some of his collaborators on the new album. Support throughout comes from Camden’s Kitty Liv.
Those dates are as follows; you can get tickets here.
Tonight, December 7th, St Albans, The Horn;
Wednesday, December 8th, Tunbridge Wells, The Forum;
Thursday, December 9th, Bath, Moles;
Friday, December 10th, Truro, The Old Bakery;
Saturday, December 11th, Plymouth, The Junction
Sunday, December 12th, Exeter, The Phoenix;
Monday, December 13th, Stroud, The Prince Albert (SOLD OUT);
Tuesday, December 14th, Reading, Facebar;
Wednesday, December 15th, Derby, The Venue;
Thursday, December 16th, Stoke-on-Trent, The Sugarmill;
Friday, December 17th, Liverpool, Phase One, (SOLD OUT) and
Saturday, December 18th, Leicester, Soundhouse.
Then, come February, he’s out again, with the following run of dates:
Tuesday, February 22nd, Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms;
Wednesday, February 23rd, Brighton, Chalk;
Thursday, February 24th, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms;
Friday, February 25th, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club;
Saturday, February 26th, Barrow, Underground Music Society;
Sunday, February 27th, Sheffield, The Leadmill:
Tuesday, March 1st, Hull, Social;
Wednesday, March 2nd, Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms;
Thursday, March 3rd, Glasgow, Stereo;
Friday, March 4th, Manchester, Gorilla;
Saturday, March 5th, Newcastle, Tyne Bank Brewery;
Sunday, March 6th, Norwich, Arts Centre;
Tuesday, March 8th, Oxford, The Bullingdon;
Wednesday, March 9th, Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon;
Thursday, March 10th, Cardiff, The Globe:
Friday, March 11th, Bristol, Lost Horizon, and
Saturday, March 12th, London, King’s Cross, Lafayette.
Beans On Toast’s new album, Survival Of The Friendliest, is out now digitally on Beans’ own BOT Music imprint; you can stream it across digital music providers, or get yours over at Bandcamp.