Beans are set to release their sophomore album, All Together Now, on June 26th through Flightless Records.
The Geelong-based quintet are following up from their debut effort Babble (2018), described by Flightless as “serve of organ driven garage psych that’ll burn the roof of your mouth”.
Recorded in Wallington, Victoria (on an old apple and pear farm cool room that has been converted into home studio) All Together Now is a 9-track offering that captures the kinetic energy of a band who have made their name through the intensity of their live performances, including festival appearances at the coveted psych odyssey; Gizzfest, New Year’s Evie and Loch Hart festivals, as well as King Gizzard tour support.
A collaborative venture, All Together Now is an ode to the simpler times – from the album opener Montgomery (dedicated to keyboardist Mitch Rice’s dog) to lead single Stride (a celebration of re-discovering your once buried sense of self) – this is a record that is heavy in its lightness - drenched in toe-tapping grooves and melodic harmonies.
Beans are inspired by the unfurling song-writing of bands like Electric Light Orchestra, Slade and Skyhooks – specimens of the monstrous rock sound of the late 60s and early 70s – groups that had the ability to indulge themselves sonically without taking themselves too seriously.
Melbourne blues-rockers Zen Monkee (Chris Beltrame, Anthony Beltrame, Aidan Buckley, Harrison Leitch) write music from another era. Excavating the fuzzed-out sensibilities that ’60s blues-rock titans Cream and Canned Heat first championed. Released through Citrus Records on the 20th of November 2020, the four-piece delivered their self-titled debut album.
Fronted by Chris Beltrame (Vocals/Guitar), the 10 track LP spans across the many emotions that come from varying stages of life, ranging from relationships to rebellions, striking a resonant chord with any listener. Churning behind the vocals are the blues-driven riffs and solos of Anthony Beltrame (Guitar), the groovy bass licks of Aidan Buckley (Bass) and the powerful drum playing of Harrison Leitch (Drums).