Welcome to the show where we say “Hello” to Booty and The Beard and their latest release Strange Little Rocks. It’s a cautionary tale of festival life. A tale of boy meets girl. Moreover a brilliant song, brilliantly crafted, from two brilliant musicians. Yeah, we think it’s brilliant! And what’s more, we want to share it with you, our listeners around the world. And it comes at a fitting moment as we rapidly approach the end of Season I of From the Bottom of the Record Box.
With that said, we have so much more to pack in before the season ends. Next week Richard bookends with rising new talent which answers the question we’ve all been asking. What happened to all the experimental melodic glam rock power pop bands? Tobin brings us One Man and a Guitar and proves he’s still wrapped up with CAAMP. But more about this week…
Firstly, Tobin’s bookend does little to inspire further trophy grabbing where bookend artistes are concerned. He brings Nathaniel Rateliff’s new solo release to the fore and sparks furore in the camp. New Music, always a treat from Tobin yields the sexy, serious and delightfully produced tones of Sharada Shashidar. Losing himself for a moment, he wonders whether Richard’s contemporary Japanese track is one of his own. Secondly, this Japanese artist spurns a bit of infighting as both Tobin and Richard scrap it out to obtain the rarest vinyl pressing of said record. Let’s dive straight in and give these two idiots a listen.
- All Or Nothing Nathaniel Rateliff
- Chemicals Rosemary Fairweather
- Promised Land Johnnie Allan
- Messages Sharada Shashidar
- More Isayahh Wuddha
- Strange Little Rocks Booty and The Beard
- And It’s Still Allright Nathaniel Rateliff
Booty and The Beard – in their own words
We’re both in our mid-30s and we met around 11 years ago. Em is one of my wife’s best friends. I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs on and off since I was 16, and Emma’s been singing for about the same amount of time. From when we first met we were talking about teaming up and doing something together.
It wasn’t until October 2018 that we actually pulled our fingers out. Jos (my Mrs) dragged us both kicking and screaming to a local open mic night. We were last on the bill and so, by the time our turn came, I was four pints down. Em was polishing off the last of her bottle of prosecco. So, let’s just say that although the nerves had gone. So had the rhythm, the tuning and some of the fine motor skills.
Thankfully we got a generous reception from the mostly legless crowd. Spurred on by that, we started gigging regularly around our town, in pubs and restaurants. The highlight was a gig at a local venue called Ku Bar. The venue has hosted acts such as the Arctic Monkeys, Libertines, the Kooks and the 1975.
What next for Booty and The Beard?
Our set list has morphed over the last year into a kind of acoustic pop/hip-hop hybrid. Both Emma and I love our old school 90s/00s rap – artists like Dr Dre, Tupac, Jay Z, Lauren Hill, Nelly etc. We think of that as our USP. We also want to stay a bit modern too, and cut through all of the current autotuned trap nonsense. Now is actually a good time for acoustic pop music, so we try to incorporate a bit of up-to-date stuff as well. Just to feel like we’re down with the kids. Or kidz, however you’re supposed to spell it.
Thankfully we got a generous reception from the mostly legless crowd.Jon – Booty and The Beard
Strange Little Rocks is the first original song we wrote and released. It’s based loosely on our respective festival experiences over the years and is just a boy-meets-girl kind of story. We’re in the process of writing more material. We already have a couple of our more popular hip hop covers recorded and almost ready for release.