June 30th, 2022

Sunflower Bean

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/her)—released their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, earlier this year. Today they release the first of a four-part installment of a behind-the-scenes mini documentary about the making of the album, which is soundtracked by “Otherside,” a song that details a recent abortion experience for Cumming. To go with the video,

Cumming shares the following statement on behalf of her and the band.

In the fall of 2020, I had an abortion.

I was stunned by the range of emotions I experienced when it was over. Women’s bodies are constantly politicized, and it didn’t feel like there was any conversations surrounding abortion touched on the nuance of loss while knowing that you had to make a decision that gives you a chance at your own life. I felt completely isolated, and like I was part of a secret club in which no members were allowed to speak to each other. I ended up in a weekly post-abortion support group for women, and wrote “Otherside” – the song that plays in this mini documentary out today – about that experience. The first time this song was ever played for anyone outside of the band was over zoom to the other women in the group.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade is an attack on women and our bodily autonomy. How long will women have to fight to be considered people? When will we have the same access to healthcare and equality, the way men in our country do? This of course does not only impacts those that identify as women or have a uterus – this is extremely detrimental for everyone in our country, including the queer and trans communities. I have been fighting for my right to live and make art on my own terms for as long as I can remember. That will never change, and now I know we have to fight harder than ever.

Olive, Nick and myself would like to encourage you to support Mayday Health, a registered health education nonprofit that can help women access abortion pills in all 50 states by mail, if you have the means to do so.

Keep fighting. 

FEMMUSIC saw Sunflower Bean in June.

Sunflower Bean

Tour Dates:

8/26 – Nantucket, MA @ The Gaslight

9/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Forest Hills Stadium The Big Climate Thing

10/29 – Austin, TX – Levitation

11/28 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre +

11/29 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom +

12/01 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic +

12/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

12/03 – San Diego, CA – SOMA (Mainstage)+

12/05 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot +

12/06 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall +

12/08 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant +

12/09 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall +

12/10 – McKees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre +

12/12 – Boston, MA – House of Blues +

12/14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia +

12/15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 +

+ supporting Peach Pit

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May 5th, 2022

Sunflower Bean

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—release their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, tomorrow.

To celebrate the release, today the band share a new single entitled “In Flight”. Of the track and video Kivlen says, “This song is a romantic vision of meeting a lover, running away together, and entering a dangerous new world. It’s less safe but also less suffocating. The video follows me through a series of twilight zone-style mishaps as I search to be seen or understood. Things only improve when I finally find like-minded people. Is it a dream? Is it the multiverse? It’s for the viewer to decide.”

Tour Dates:

5/05 – Washington, DC – Union Stage +

5/06 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes +

5/12 – New York, NY – Webster Hall • +

5/14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry +

5/19 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch #

5/20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #

5/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line #

5/22 – Madison, WI – High Noon #

5/24 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme #

5/25 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #

5/26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace #

6/01 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar $ %

6/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre $ %

6/04 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent $*

6/07 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios $%

6/08 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall $%

6/09 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile $%

6/11 – Denver,CO – Bluebird Theatre%

  • Mannequin Pussy

$ Palehound

+ Hello Mary

# Jackie Hayes

% – Liily

* – Fake Fruit

#SunflowerBean

 

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April 6th, 2022

Sunflower Bean

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—are gearing up to release their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar, next month. Following the previously released “Who Put You Up To This?,” “Baby Don’t Cry” and “Roll The Dice” is “I Don’t Have Control Sometimes,” out today.

“I’ve always thought that my reckless side was both a gift and a curse, leading me to my best choices on stage but my worst choices in life,” explains Cumming. “I don’t have control sometimes is the admission, acceptance, and almost celebration of the parts of yourself that are impulsive or maybe even insane.”

Tour Dates

4/06/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux’s

4/07/22 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

4/09/22 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

4/10/22 – Portsmouth, UK @ The Wedgewood Rooms

4/11/22 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

4/30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall +

5/05 – Washington, DC – Union Stage +

5/06 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes +

5/12 – New York, NY – Webster Hall • +

5/14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry +

5/19 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch #

5/20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #

5/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line #

5/22 – Madison, WI – High Noon #

5/24 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme #

5/25 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop #

5/26 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace #

6/01 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar $ %

6/02 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre $ %

6/04 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent $*

6/07 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios $%

6/08 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall $%

6/09 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile $%

6/11 – Denver,CO – Bluebird Theatre%

  • Mannequin Pussy

$  Palehound

+ Hello Mary

# Jackie Hayes

% – Liily

* – Fake Fruit

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February 8th, 2022

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—released their sophomore album Twentytwo in Blue in 2018, and quickly followed it with 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which saw the band’s Triple A debut with “Come For Me.” Now, three years later, the band returns with their long-awaited third studio album. Headful of Sugar will be released on May 6 via Mom + Pop. psychedelic headrush designed to be played loud with the windows down, Headful of Sugar features songwriting collaborations with the likes of Shamir, Suzy Shinn and Jacob Portrait (who also produced, mixed and co-engineered the record with Faber).

Today Sunflower Bean also share Headful of Sugar’s lead single and opening track, the taut groove “Who Put You Up To This?”

The band says of the track, “Are you satisfied? Who put you up to do things that you do? Was it your own choice? Questioning your life is the first step to taking the agency to change it. Sometimes you have to let go of who you have been so that you can become who you want to be. “ Listen to the track and watch the music video below.

Tour Dates

2/24/22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge*

2/25/22 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace*

2/26/22 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom*

3/04/22 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar^

3/05/22 – Millersville, PA @ Phantom Power^

3/06/22 – Pittsburg, PA @ Club Cafe^

3/08/22 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar^

3/10/22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop^

3/11/22 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar^

3/12/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub^

3/14/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/15/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/16/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/17/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/19/22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

3/20/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

3/21/22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

3/30/22 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2

3/31/22 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

4/01/22 – Manchester, UK @ Strange Waves Festival

4/02/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

4/04/22 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ Newcastle University

4/05/22 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms

4/06/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux’s

4/07/22 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

4/09/22 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

4/10/22 – Portsmouth, UK @ The Wedgewood Rooms

4/11/22 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

4/29/22 – Albany, NY @ Empire Underground

4/30/22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

5/5/22 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

5/6/22 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

5/12/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

5/14/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

5/19/22 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch

5/20/22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

5/21/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

5/22/22 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

5/24/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @The Pyramid Scheme

5/25/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

5/26/22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

6/01/22 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box SD+

6/02/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre+

6/04/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent+

6/07/22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios+

6/08/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre+

6/09/22 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile+

6/11/22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre+

*w/ Empath

^w/ Barrie

+w/ Palehound

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