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2017
Tuesday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Arts

Cushty
(Xtra Mile Recordings)
4/5

JAY MCALLISTER, aka Beans on Toast, has been around for the best part of the decade and, although dodgy on Brexit, his heart-on-sleeve” politics retain at all times an engaging and lucid agit-prop immediacy that must have saved many from media-inflicted blissful ignorance.

Thus Trump is described as “a vicious, lying bigot in an all-important chair” and emigration attributed to “the wars we start and bombs that we drop” in I Think Everybody Should Be Terrified.

It has a potent Brechtian reality check about it, as do Smells Like Bullshit and The House that Austerity Built.

The monochromatic, stream-of-consciousness delivery isn’t aided by scant instrumentation but that’s redeemed by the breathtaking piano solo on the bluesy That’s Why I Came to Okeechobee, sung gloriously in duet with Louisa Roach.

Check current touring dates or just pop into the Monarch in London’s Camden Town.

Michal Boncza




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