Every year for the past nine years, Jay McAllister, aka Beans on Toast, has released an album on his birthday, 1st December. Beginning with the sprawling 50-track debut, Standing On A Chair, recorded and produced over the course of a weekend by one Ben Lovett, of subsequent Mumford & Sons fame, it was done in the loft of his parent’s house.
Jay McAllister, aka Beans on Toast, has released an album every year for the last ten years, always on his birthday, 1st December. A Bird in the Hand is his tenth, and marks the first time since his debut album that Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons fame, has produced him. A brilliantly witty, engaging, honest and emotional singer-songwriter, he has spent a great deal of his time singing about festivals, drugs, and politics. However, the birth of a daughter has given him new perspectives, and an optimism that sees him celebrating life and all that is good about it. He talks to Jeff Hemmings about how his music career took shape, working with Ben Lovett, his new daughter, and plastics…
Sticking firmly to his own tradition of releasing a new album on the same date each year, 30th November, A Bird in the Hand is Beans on Toast’s tenth release in as many years. This time around Jay McAllister, aka Beans on Toast, went to Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons (who produced his first album ten years ago) and they hatched a plan. While Mumford’s were making their forthcoming album in Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London during any down time, Ben and Jay worked on the new BOT album.
“The world is dying. Shit is getting serious. Everybody’s lying. It’s impossible to tell the truth…. I’m not exactly sure what I’m supposed to say when it feels like armageddon is a stone’s throw away“. So sings Jay McAllister, aka Beans on Toast, decidedly kicking things off with the epic, and personalised state-of-the-world poetic prose of ‘Open Door Policy’. It’s also his ninth album that he has released on his birthday, 1st December, one for each year since his debut of 2009.