Beangrowers

Beangrowers

BandAlternativeRock

Out of Malta. Blondie meets Joy Division. Latest track on Wim Wender's 'Land of Plenty'. SXSW2004+5. Tours: Stereophonics, Elbow, Tindersticks, Trash Can Sinatras, dEUS. MTV + VIVA airplay. Upcoming European tour in November and December.

Biography

(album #3) will release schedule as follows:

August 2005: GAS (Strangeways)
October 2005: Australia + New Zealand (Karmic Hit)
UK & Eire (Global Warming)
single - February 2006
album - TBA

The band has to date released 2 albums on Rough Trade Germany. They have been on tour or shared the stage with Stereophonics, Tindersticks, Elbow, dEUS, Trashcan Sinatras, Burning Airlines, Magnapop, Love Tractor, Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub and Slut. Their videos have been on MTV and VIVA. Invited to play SXSW 2004 + 2005.

Latest news is that new track "The Priest" is on the latest Wim Wenders movie/soundtrack "Land of Plenty".

BIO

Behind the broadening horizons of the European music scene you can find the Beangrowers. Hailing from the Mediterranean island of Malta, this three-piece has become known for their off-the-wall tunes, an infectious mixture of guitar-based pop and melodious keyboard sounds.

All three Beangrowers were born in 1977 and come from the same town of St Julians (pop. 15,000) in Malta. Alison Galea (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Mark Sansone (bass/synths) and Ian Schranz (drums/synths) have been playing together since 1995. At age 15 Ian and Mark formed the band. Soon after Alison (a long running acquaintance) was recruited as a keyboardist, but when they found out that she could sing too, the guys figured that perhaps it was a good idea to have a singer in the band.

The name Beangrowers was actually given to the band by a fan. It happened when the band (at the time still without a name) had to play a big festival and the organizer demanded a band name for the posters. The band totally forgot to give the organizer one, and at the eleventh hour they delegated a friend to go and give in any name she could think of.

The ’beanies’ then started writing their own material and began to play gigs. Often these would be with punk and metal bands, however the band couldn't care less who the audience was. “Venues in Malta are limited,“ Alison said. “We have played literally everywhere.“

At the age of 18 (in 1996) the band began recording demos, experimenting mainly with sounds deriving from early 50's sci-fi movies and early 80's computer game sounds. It didn‘t take long before somebody took notice. “We recorded some demos and at that time there was a German producer who liked our music and recommended us to a booking agency.“

This resulted in a small club tour in Germany in 1997. “We played a 14-date club tour in Germany“, says Alison. “They played up the fact that we were an unknown band coming from Malta and people really seemed to be fascinated by us. Our nationality was always promoted on signs outside of these clubs - Aus Malta!“ The band got great reactions from their audiences. At this point people were looking for the band's album in stores. “In the audience at one gig there was a guy from Rough Trade who was really into our music and asked us to do another demo. Soon after we signed a deal.“

In 1998, Rough Trade Germany signed the band, and Beangrowers became the first Maltese band to ink an international record deal. “Our signing took a lot of people in Malta by surprise“, says Alison. About two years before that, we recorded our first demo at 17, and we didn't think a lot about it, we were just having a good time“ says Ian.

Back then, Ian described the music as their attempt “to cross Sonic Youth with the Carpenters“. In June 1999 they released the 14-track debut ‘48k‘, whose title was inspired by the late lamented 1980s Spectrum computer. “48k is like a ‘Best of’ of our old songs and demoes prior to recording the album in 1998“, describes Alison. The album was recorded at Temple Studios and was produced by David Vella and Thomas Hanreich (former singer of Vivid). The final mix was done by Gareth Jones, who has worked with Interpol, Depeche Mode, Clinic, Madness and Nick Cave.

Following the release of their debut they toured extensively across central Europe, and even relocated to Germany for a two-year stint. “At that time we weren‘t too interested in recording“, says Ian. “We were more than anything excited to get the album out and play gigs.“ The highlight was a spot on the lineup at the opening night of the Popkomm alongside The Tindersticks, Stereophonics and dEUS.

Despite constant touring the Beangrowers found enough time to write their second album. In August 2000 they returned to the studio recording the self-titled „Beangrowers“. It was co-produced by David Vella & the band.
The mixing was done by Teo Miller who had previously collaborated with Blur, Placebo, James and Black Box Recorder. On this opus they showed their full range of their musical ability. Whereas the first long-player had a straighter, rockier direction, this one took some twists and turns along the way. “This was us having loads of fun in the studio and getting totally sucked in“, says Ian. “These were songs written by 23-year-olds. You heard the differen

Lyrics

You Are You Are

Written By: Beangrowers

I swore I swore that I’d never see
You stand, standing right in front of me
You’re dark, handsome and initially dear to me

Three thousand words couldn’t help me
I’m as dumb as every man wants me
You say that language is a barrier
Speak to me

You are you are you are - You are an imitator
You are you are a star - You are the fire baby
You are you are you are - You’re trying to separate us
You are you are you are - I’ll show you later
You are you are you are - You are the fire baby
You are you are you are
You’re mine – let’s have a smoke outside

I swore I swore that I’d never see
You stand, standing right in front of me
You’re dark, handsome, undesirably near to me

I keep singing tunes for you baby
Five thousand years couldn’t change me
All hopes and dreams have seemed to vanish
It’s clear to see

You are you are you are - You are an imitator
You are you are a star - You are the fire baby
You are you are you are - You’re trying to separate us
You are you are you are - I’ll show you later
You are you are you are - You are the fire baby
You are you are you are
You’re mine – let’s have a smoke outside

The Priest

Written By: Beangrowers

Spoke to a priest in the dark
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night - aha
He brought me back to my senses
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night – aha

Drinking my vodka with ice
As he lay by my side
As he lay by my side - aha
I saw the truth in his eyes
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night – aha

You wrote this song with your story
And I will stay right by your side
I’ll help you drown accusations
The fear they’ve caused you all your life

Painting a rose on my thigh
With a beer by his side
With a beer by his side – aha
He was the devil in disguise
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the night - aha

You wrote this song with your story
And I will stay right by your side
I’ll help you drown accusations
The fear they’ve caused you all your life

You broke my heart with your story
And I will stay right by your side
I’ll help you drown accusations
The fear they’ve caused you all your life

Waiting

Written By: Beangrowers

On a day like today we started out
To a different place an open space
Deep inside we longed for love
Our thoughts burned out
It was calm deep down under

Lie down
Lie lie down

I will be waiting for my turn
Waiting for my story to unfold and
I will be waiting for my turn
Turn to curse this distance between us

I could learn to love you like I do
You who talks to me in dreams I see
But I deny you
I won’t beg and breathe for you and

I will be waiting for my turn
Waiting for my story to unfold and
I will be waiting for my turn
Turn to curse this distance between us

Tell your story not your reasons
You’re cruel to pretend that
All along I wanted to be insane for you
Lie lie down
Lie lie down

I will be waiting for my turn
Waiting for my story to unfold and
I will be waiting for my turn
Turn to curse this distance between us

Discography

ALBUMS
48k (Rough Trade, 1999)
Beangrowers (Rough Trade 2001)
Dance Dance Baby (Global Warming 2005)

EPS
The Farewell Party (Astrobean, 2003)

SINGLES
Astroboy
Genzora
Feel
Teen Titans
This Year's Love
You Are You Are
Dance Dance Baby

Set List

only band compositions
45-60 minute set.
quality not quantity!