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
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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.”
Sunflower Bean released their King of Dudes EP in 2019, as a follow-up to their Twentytwo in Blue album in 2018. “Moment in the Sun” is their first new music for 2020 and it is an indie pop song with a wonderful message.
“‘Moment In The Sun’ is about finally recognizing what is important in one’s life, the people you decide to spend it with,” Sunflower Bean explains of the track. “All of these things we distract ourselves with, the neverending mountain of career climbing, the pursuit of financial success, and the hope that after all that trying you could finally be cool. All of that is meaningless in comparison to one great day, hour, or moment with someone you really love.”
The band further explains of the video: “While quarantining together upstate this summer we decided to make a music video for ‘Moment In The Sun.’ We thought the best way to visually represent the meaning of the song, while also taking inspiration from this isolating time everyone has been forced to live in, was to create two separate worlds. One world which exists totally inside a home, mostly in a lonely bedroom. The other world exists completely outside in the sun and is made up of memories of a summer love. We invited Marquis Rodriguez, who is one of Julia’s best friends since high school and also an incredibly talented actor, to co-star in the video. He was crucial in helping us tell the story of summer love and show those potent memories of tenderness coming to life. While living alone, the character Julia is portraying becomes flooded with memories and moments from the past summer, and as a result her bedroom starts to transform into the outdoor world. We built up the entire bedroom using real sod and flowers. Her memories are brought to life, just like the room.”