Sunflower Bean

Weekly Feature: Sunflower Bean celebrates debut EP release tomorrow (01.31) at Baby's All Right

Even if rock 'n' roll's been declared dead for the millionth time since the new millennium, psych-trio Sunflower Bean don't pay it any mind. After a year that saw them - with just three singles under their belt - sell out several NYC venues and get the cover of The Deli's fall issue, the band is finally about to release their debut EP entitled "Show Me Your Seven Secrets," which features the three aforementioned singles and four more tracks, including "Rock & Roll Heathen," streaming below. Celebrations are scheduled for tomorrow night (10.31) at Baby's All Right.

   

Sunflower Bean played The Deli CMJ show at Pianos on Friday 10.24 with Bo Ningen

Too bad for you if you missed our tense Indie/Psych/Electro CMJ show at Pianos with The Deli's 40th issue's cover band Sunflower Bean, Shilpa Ray, Japanese phenomenon Bo Ningen, electro crooners MOTHXR and many other awesome bands. By the way, we all like to have our choices validated, and the Brooklyn trio got some serious love from NPR, check it out. Here's the video of our favorite song (at least among the few ones they have recorded) '2013.'

   

NYC Issue #40



Fall 2014. NYC Issue #40
Read it here

   

Buzz Alert! Sunflower Bean plays every couple of days: Baby's All Right tomorrow (08.30)

Oh Sunflower Bean, you pretty little rock and rollers, you... What are we gunna do with you?  You're all so fashionable, so fresh and so clean, but your music brings as much color as your look (thank god) - and also some sweat and dirt.  I've attended a good handful of Sunflower Bean shows, and I have to say I'm very glad they released this track out of the bunch in their repertoire.  'Tame Impala' is undoubtedly their favorite band, so much they named a song after them.  "You always say what's on my mind," shreaks Julia Cumming; well Tame Impala is on Sunflower Bean's mind.  The tune contains one of my all time favorite Sunflower Bean breakdowns; about three minutes in, the song slows down and the bass booster on Nick Kivlen's pedal board makes his guitar sound like a synth until the song rides into a wave of psychedelic chaos of noise.  As of late the band has been hitting NYC venues once a week, often selling out places - check em out tonight (08.03) at Baby's All Right and on 09.03 at Bowery Electric. - Jake Saunders

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

   

NYC Band on the Rise: Sunflower Bean plays 4 Brooklyn shows in a month

Sunflower Bean has been powering through the Brooklyn scene for only a little while now, but they’ve got more interest than most bands in this part of town... especially considering how young they are (just out of high school).   The band’s sound has taken a direction of clarity that a lot of Brooklyn bands seem to reject.  They employ flurries of brightly colored atmospheres along with dark and wispy vocals, taking as much time as they need to let their songs unfold into long and inexhaustible jams of psychedelic trance.  Guitarist Nick Kivlen is a whiz on the pedal board, taking after artists like Tame Impala (in fact, they have a song named after the Australian band) and Thee Oh Sees, while co-singer/basssist Julia Cumming’s intimidatingly serious presence provides an unmistakable aura of mystique. All three possess an impressive presence on stage, and a confidence truly hard to come by with bands this young. You have a lot of opportunities to see these guys: at Shea Stadium on July 09 and at Palisades the day after, and then Gigawatts fest on the 17th and Baby's All Right on August 02. - Jake Saunders