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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “I Was A Fool”

By Will Oliver, November 3rd 2017

(photo by Andy DeLuca)
New York trio Sunflower Bean are back with “I Was A Fool” their first release for new label Mom + Pop. The single sees them enter a new sonic territory, with a rather dreamy Fleetwood Mac-like approach, that turns back the clock, which blends in seamlessly with their own signature sound.

We can expect the song be included on their upcoming sophomore album out next year. In the meantime you can catch them here in Brooklyn at new venue Elsewhere on 11/30 and tickets can be found for sale here.

Enjoy a stream of “I Was A Fool” below.
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After catching Green Day at Rough Trade, I ran over a few blocks to Music Hall of Williamsburg for Sunflower Bean’s sold out performance. This would be the New York trio’s final NYC stop of the year in support of their most memorable debut album Human Ceremony (released early in the year via Fat Possum).

We saw them earlier in the year at their record release show at Bowery Ballroom and even though just a mere eight months apart, the band sounded much improved and even more confident. It’s safe to say that the world wide tour that they embarked on in-between these shows has simply made them that much better of a live band.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a gallery of photos from their performance, as well as The Lemon Twigs, who opened things up before them.
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If you’ve been paying attention to the live music scene in New York for the past two years, then chances are very high that you’ve come across young local trio Sunflower Bean. The rock group has made quite the name for themselves here based on a hard work ethic, and of course, a great set of tunes.

They started 2016 off right with the release of their strong debut album Human Ceremony, released via Fat Possum Records. They came back home on February 25 to celebrate the release of the album, with a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, along with fellow New York groups Honduras and Future Punx.

It was a great night of rock and roll that also acted as a showcase for the future of the local scene. With bands like Sunflower Bean rising up the ranks, things are going to be alright.

Find photos of all three acts posted below.
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On November 8, DIIV returned to New York for their first performance since Governors Ball over the summer. I also caught them earlier in the spring when they played a surprise show at Baby’s All Right. At the time they were still fleshing out the new songs that would make up their new album Is The Is Are, which Captured Tracks released a few weeks ago. The group shared some more new songs off the album, as well as more familiar material from their debut Oshin.

The night also featured an opening performance from Sunflower Bean, which would end up being their last New York performance before their own big headlining show at Bowery Ballroom, which goes down later this week. They also tested new material from their fantastic debut album Human Ceremony, which is out now via Fat Possum Records.

Hit the jump for a full photo gallery of DIIV, Sunflower Bean, as well as Montreal outfit No Joy, who also opened the show.
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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean rang in the new year playing a show with DIIV, no surprise, as the young New York trio are about as hardworking as they come.

Their work ethic has made the release of their debut album Human Ceremony next month (via Fat Possum) one of the most exciting prospects of this new year. We already got a taste last year through first single “Wall Watcher”, and today brings the follow-up single “Easier Said.”

This may be Sunflower Bean’s most grown up trek yet, channeling a California summer-sound that captures the likes of groups like Haim and dare I say, Fleetwood Mac. It’s a lush wonder, indebted to the past, but also looks forward with a sense of hopefulness. They show a calm-sense of restraint and maturity that their more urgent psych-rock dives don’t quite have. It’s great.

Stream “Easier Said” below and find their upcoming tour dates posted below it.
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[music video]: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher”

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2015

Sunflower Bean - Wall Watcher

2016 is right around the corner. As scary as that is, it helps knowing that a few great records are already waiting for us. One of these is Human Ceremony, the debut record from New York trio Sunflower Bean. It will be released on February 5 via Fat Possum Records. Today they shared the music video for the records first single “Wall Watcher,” which premiered via Noisey.

The video was shot with Roger Sargent during a rare day off on tour in London an old buckle factory. The clock concept from the album cover comes into play during the video. It’s well shot, and fits the vibe of the song all too well.

Tickets are still on sale for their homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Find their full list of tour dates posted after the video as well.

Tour Dates:

2/2/16 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16 Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16 Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16 Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16 Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
2/16/16 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16 London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16 Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/26/16 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity
2/27/16 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
2/28/16 Montreal, QC @ Quasi Des Brumes
3/1/16 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/2/16 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16 Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/15-3/20/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras


They’re not even allowed to drink (at least legally) but Sunflower Bean all already starting to call to mind the work ethic of prolific rockers like Ty Segall. The group have been touring endlessly since the start of 2014, playing more shows than anyone else in the great city of New York. This year they released their fantastic debut EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, full of songs featuring hard-hitting psych wandering. They then followed that up with a 7″ featuring two rippers (“I Hear Voices” / “The Stalker”) that was released via Fat Possum over the summer.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the group have now announced that their debut album Human Ceremony will be released via Fat Possum on February 5. To mark the occasion of the announcement, the trio have released the ripping first single “Wall Watcher.” It’s a song that I’ve heard many times in live form, and I can proudly say that they’ve captured its essence and then some on this recording. It showcases the bands ability to rip through glorious fuzz rips, while also finding a slick psych-groove that they hammer home almost too easily.

Stream “Wall Watcher” below, pre-order the album here, and find the tracklisting below. I’ve also included their upcoming tour dates, which includes their own headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom on February 25, as well as a return trip to SXSW.
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Sunflower Bean at Rough Trade NYC (July 30, 2015)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2015

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Towards the end of July, Sunflower Bean, the hardest working band in NYC, stopped by Rough Trade NYC for their largest headlining show in the city yet. The show came in support of the trios debut 7″ single that they released on Fat Possum, featuring “I Hear Voices” and “The Stalker.”

This performance would be one of the last one in New York for a while for the group, who are hard at work on their debut album. They ripped through their small but distinctive collection of psych-rock bashers, songs that the group have comfortably made very much their own. Live the trio lock into a groove and find new avenues and rabbit holes to take the rippers through, with your mind ending up in a different place than when they began.

The group will return to New York next weekend for an opening slot for DIIV at Webster Hall. As always, it’s going to be a good one. Tickets for that are still on sale.

Find some shots from the Rough Trade performance posted below.
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DIIV and Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right (April 28, 2015)

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2015 — with 1 comment

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The last time I saw DIIV perform live, it was when they opened for My Bloody Valentine at Hammerstein Ballroom. It wasn’t the ideal atmosphere to catch Zachary Cole Smith’s band live, but they played two new songs that night (one of which was “Dust”), marking it as the beginning of phase two of DIIV’s career.

Here we are in spring 2015, and DIIV have just announced that their anticipated sophomore album is entitled Is the Is Are, and will see a release later this fall via Captured Tracks. Following the announcement, the band played an intimate late night show (starting a little after midnight) at Baby’s All Right to showcase some of the new songs off the album.
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Last week Sunflower Bean returned to New York for a welcome home show at Baby’s All Right, after a tour across the country based around their many SXSW dates. It seems that every time I see them more and more people are talking about them and excited to see them play. And for good reason. Anytime the young New York trio are playing New York, you can bet I’ll make my best effort to come out and watch them rock out. I wasn’t alone, as the crowd at Baby’s included Julian Casablancas and Dev Hynes.
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