“When you are gone send a message to me, wherever you are, wherever that might be. Send me a message from eternity…” he sings into the ether here.
“Send Me A Bird” is a ruminative folk ballad whose words will strike a resonant chord with anyone who has experienced the emptiness of loss, and all of the complex, soul-searching emotions that come with it. As Beans explains:
“Send Me A Bird is a song about friends and family that we’ve lost along the way. It’s a song about death, about grief. It feels to me like quite a powerful song, I only say that because every time I play it live, I get people messaging me about the song, telling me about a friend, or family member who passed away and how the song made them feel. I’ve had more messages about this song than any other song I’ve written. So it feels good to get the song out into the world properly.”
From its poignant, painterly words to its hymnal hammond-organ guided arrangements, in “Send Me A Bird” Beans summons a song of pure class that will evoke the stripped-back sentimentalism of classic songwriters like Cat Stevens or Dylan. It will appear alongside previous singles “AI”, “The Dragicorn”, “Back Out On The Road” and “The Golden Lion” on Beans’ highly anticipated new studio album: ‘The Toothpaste And The Tube’, when it arrives on 1st December 2023.
“Send Me A Bird” is also paired with a moving live video of the track captured by The Lonely Road Picture Show and featuring Tensheds on keys, you can tune into that here: https://youtu.be/giybYTUbYUM
With its title indebted to that old adage that “you can’t put toothpaste back in the tube”, the latest Beans on Toast album promises to hit hard and hit home. Across its 13 songs, the cult folk artist takes centre stage to deliver unfiltered takes on the environment’s dire straits, the UK political landscape, the ominous rhythm of war drums, and the impending AI revolution (as on previous single “A.I.”). But don’t let the weighty topics fool you – this album will also delve into the lighter side of life, with reflections on parenthood, whimsical creatures, and the sheer bliss of a sea dip. It’s Beans on Toast cranked up to perfection, offering a dynamic blend of profound insights and pure, unadulterated enjoyment.Written with Beans’ usual wit and warmth, it was recorded with the sensational blues duo Ferris & Sylvester. Pre-save it here.
In support of the album, Beans will be hitting the road for a marathon 36 date tour throughout 2023/24, including a special launch show at ‘The Golden Lion’ pub.Support for the November and December tour dates will come from Brighton beat poet Bassie Gracie, plus one man rock’n’roll rollercoaster Tensheds. Both acts will also join Beans on stage to perform as a trio for his own headline set.
With “Send Me A Bird” proving a cathartic addition to Beans’ live set over the Summer, experience the new single, hits, plus cuts from his new album ‘The Toothpaste And The Tube’ first-hand at these dates as follows:
‘THE TOOTHPASTE AND THE TUBE’ TOUR 2023/24
NOVEMBER 22 TUNBRIDGE WELLS – The Forum 23 GUILDFORD – The Boileroom 24 BEDFORD – Esquires 25 STOWMARKET – The John Peel Centre 26 DERBY – Annie’s Burger Shack 28 SCUNTHORPE – Cafe Indie 29 POCKLINGTON – Arts Centre 30 BLACKPOOL – Bootleg Social
DECEMBER 01 ** Album Launch Show ** – TODMORDEN – The Golden Lion (SOLD OUT) 02 MOSSLEY – The Vale 03 SHREWSBURY – Albert’s Shed 05 WORCESTER – St Swithuns Church (SOLD OUT) 06 OXFORD – The Jericho Tavern (SOLD OUT) 07 CARDIFF – The Globe 08 WESTON-S-MARE – Electric Banana 09 BIDEFORD – The Palladium 12 TRURO – The Old Bakery 13 TOTNES – The Barrel House Ballroom 14 BRIDPORT – The Electric Palace 15 ISLE OF WIGHT – Strings Bar & Venue
FEBRUARY 21 NEWCASTLE – Cluny 22 GLASGOW – Stereo 23 EDINBURGH – La Belle Angele 24 MANCHESTER – Band on the Wall 25 NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms 27 SHEFFIELD – The Leadmill 28 LINCOLN – The Drill 29 BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
MARCH 01 LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club 02 BRISTOL – Thekla 03 EXETER – Phoenix 05 READING – Facebar 06 BRIGHTON- Chalk 07 PORTSMOUTH – The Wedgewood Rooms 08 MARGATE – Olbys 09 LONDON – The Garage
Beans on Toast “SEND ME A BIRD”
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NEW ALBUM – ‘THE TOOTHPASTE AND THE TUBE’ – OUT 1 DEC, VIA BOT MUSIC