Beans on Toast / The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool | 11th of May

Beans on Toast / The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool | 11th of May

It’s the 11th of May 2018, in the heart of Liverpool’s sprawling docklands, and Beans on Toast is getting ready to perform as he never quite has before – in front of a seated audience. At the Invisible Wind Factory, with Emilio Pinchi and Boss Caine set to support, this is going to be a night to remember.

Local singer-songwriter Emilio Pinchi kicks the night off well, cleverly blending his gentle acoustic guitar style and melodic vocals with his own fresh and original songs, with High Times being a beautifully sarcastic view on the world’s biggest issues , while During Voided Hours delivers a brilliant reflection on a Liverpool night out and too much Mountain Dew. His witty and dry lyrics matched up perfectly with his relaxed song intros and ease with the audience, just as the autobiographical nature of his songs set the tone for the night ahead.

Next up we have Boss Caine’s frontman Daniel Lucas offering a solo set, walking onto stage with a look that screamed Americana, and showing us a musical style that did just the same. Starting off with Ghosts and Drunks, his gravel voice and quick-picking guitar work, the raw emotion behind the vocals betraying the true-to-life nature of the lyrics without need for any introduction, although his quick and clever intro to Morphine and Marmalade, a song about when you need that little bit more to get you going in the morning, really begins to work the still-growing crowd.

The crowd is buzzing by now, a few already struggling to stay seated, and it’s time to bring on the main man. In his typical style, Beans on Toast ambles onto the stage, pint in hand, and already seems at total ease, smashing into a beautiful rendition of Afternoon in the Sunshine, packing more political realness into under three minutes than most bands can put in a full album. The Sitting on a Chair tour came about as the tenth anniversary of Beans’ first album, Standing on a Chair – at least , we all thought it did, turns out Beans and the fans have all had a few drinks since then, and he revealed its actually only been 9 years! The autobiographical nature of the show was strong, as he fused his trademark strumming guitar style with raw, emotionally charged folk songs and a collection of stories taking us though the last 9 years’ work.

His set took the crowd on a journey through his best-known numbers about drink, drugs and politics, with MDMAmazing (little spoiler – turns out that pretty girl never did actually come back with the liquid acid) and War on War getting everyone on their feet and bringing the audience together. Then came quieter songs about his wife and baby and all things love, taking the room to total silence, with Jamie & Lilly, a song written for two fans whose love carries them through the hard lives of a teacher and a nurse, carrying such an emotional load I couldn’t take my eyes from the stage. The truly brilliant fusion of songs kept the set fresh from start to finish, and by the last song, there wasn’t one person left seated.

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