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.
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
New York trio Sunflower Bean—Julia Cumming (she/her), Nick Kivlen (he/him), and Jake Faber (she/they)—released their sophomore album Twentytwo in Blue in 2018, which skyrocketed to the UK’s Top 40, and quickly followed it with 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which saw the band’s Triple A debut with “Come For Me.” Since then, the band opened for Bernie Sanders and The Strokes in New Hampshire, Cumming appeared on Yves Tumor’s “Strawberry Privilege,” and the band toured extensively with the likes of Beck, Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Courtney Barnett, and more, while also playing countless festivals internationally.
Now the band returns with their first new material of 2021. Alongside the announcement of new U.S. tour dates, Sunflower Bean release a new song entitled “Baby Don’t Cry.” Written by the band, produced and mixed by UMO’s Jacob Portrait, co-engineered by Jake Faber and Portrait, and recorded between Electric Lady and Sunflower Bean Studios, “Baby Don’t Cry,” out now via Mom + Pop Music, is an exciting taste of what’s to come from Sunflower Bean in 2022.
The band says of the new song, “So many things in our lives are disposable. Content and news is consumed and discarded leaving us unfulfilled. ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is about enjoying the real. The things right in front of us that give us meaning and how sometimes, even sad songs can give you that warm feeling of hope.”