This Sunflower Bean article was written by Daisy Lester, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Ian Bourne. Photos courtesy of Molotow
Sunflower Bean concluded their UK and European tour with a sold out show at Brighton’s Bleach. The packed room above the Hope and Ruin pub was graced with equally great support acts, Oscar and Our Girl. Oscar worked his way through his feel-good discography, including ‘Daffodil Days’, ‘Sometimes’ and ‘Beautiful Words’ in front of the penetrating gaze of drunk middle-aged people creating their own moshpit at the front. Our Girl, haling from Brighton, are Soph Nathan from The Big Moon’s side project. They breezed their way through their infectious and sublime tracks, proving just as good live as on new EP ‘Sleeper’.
New York’s own Sunflower Bean are always effortlessly cool. Julia Cumming, front woman, exudes glamourous mystic reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s with her androgynously chic look and stage presence. The three piece, formed also by guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber, do not bother with preamble, launching straight into their set. The fuzzy psych pop, although categorised in among the latest musical trend of popularised psych led by Tame Impala, seems to stand on its own in the genre.
Transfixing the audience, the New Yorkers work their way through older songs from their first EP such as ‘Wall Watcher’ and ‘Easier Said’ to tracks from their eagerly anticipated, newly released debut album, Human Ceremony. Songs like ‘2013’, ‘I Was Home’ and ‘Space Exploration Disaster’ steal the evening. The organised-chaotic hallucinatory experience they provoke in their relentless live performances is enrapturing.
Sunflower Bean are one of the most exciting and fresh bands around at the moment. They leave an impact wherever they go, especially seemingly on older men unable to think of anything better to do throughout the set than heckle Cumming to marry them.