Much-loved independent label Xtra Mile Recordings have today released the first ever instalment of their new podcast series, The Xtra Yard, featuring their various label signings in conversation. This first episode features label mates - and long-standing friends - Frank Turner, Will Varley and Beans on Toast (Jay McAllister) chewing the fat on everything from Townes Van Zandt and learning to drive, to what it means to be British and just how far they’d go to secure a support slot for Bruce Springsteen.
The Xtra Yard also captures the three of them recollecting the first time they met each other – hilarious stories including Frank meeting Jay on Holloway Road and hanging out at the Nambucca pub in London; Jay meeting Will three times before remembering who he was and finally Jay introducing Frank to Will at a gig at the Monarch in Camden. The three have remained good friends, touring buddies and label mates ever since.
The Xtra Yard podcast arrives at a busy time for all three artists. Varley releases his new album, Spirit Of Minnie, on February 9 the same day he headlines London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Frank Turner has just announced details of his forthcoming seventh album, Be More Kind, which is out May 4 and world tour of 120 dates this year, and Beans On Toast released his ninth album, Cushty, in December and has just announced details of his first book, vinyl release of his debut album and a tour in May. Tracks from all their new studio albums also feature within the podcast.
Recorded in Jay’s own living room, you can stream the episode via Spotify – listen here