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August 13, 2009, 9:32 am
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130809_bethjeanshoughtonEccentric Geordie singer to release new EP

Wheat intolerance is a tragic affliction, but if you can’t eat bread then you might as well write a song about it, right? That’s what frank-talking teenager Beth Jeans Houghton did for the title track of this, her second EP. Hot Toast Volume One collects together five songs, old and new, from Beth and her new band The Hooves Of Destiny (aka Dav ‘Lego’ Shiel on keys, Rory ‘Grove’ Gibson on lefty bass and Findlay ‘Vivian’ Euan Nimmo MacAskill on violin). Produced by Mike Lindsay of folk collective Tunng, the EP was recorded in his East London studio in May 2009 and will see the light of day on September 21st through Static Caravan Records.

We first saw Beth a few years ago filling in for an absent Emmy The Great as support for Diane Cluck at London’s Luminaire, but for those who are new to this improbably surnamed 19 year old from Newcastle, prepare to be either smitten or appalled by the sheer capriciousness of her songs. In her own words, the tunes on Hot Toast Volume One are “about riding the back of stained glass glory towards the war between modern day idiocy and the divine matrix” – which probably tells you all you need to know right off the bat. Want more? Lead track, ‘I Will Return, I Promise’, is “about the moment when Wilson the football finally floats away from Tom Hanks in ‘Castaway’. That always wrenches the fucking guts out of me.” Yeah, us too. Right.

Beth is currently working on her debut full-length with studio mastermind Ben Hillier (Natalie Imbruglia, Blur). “He looks like Mr. Bean, rides a bike, and helps me pass on love notes to cute guys in cafés,” she recently revealed. Expect to hear a lot more about that come 2010.


Hot Toast Vol. 1
01 “I Will Return, I Promise”
02 Cruel Francis
03 Anne Cramb
04 Hot Toast
05 Lily Putt

Catch Beth at the following places this summer:

14.08.09 The Deaf Institute, Manchester
15.08.09 Summer Sundae, Leicester
21.08.09 Green Man Festival, Wales
30.08.09 Regents Park, London [w/ Tunng]
05.08.09 Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
21.09.09 The Phoenix, Exeter
23.09.09 The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Alan Pedder


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