They’re baaaaaaaaack! Fabricating gauzy indie-rock beneath a rose-tinted filter of ’60’s psychedelia and classic rock and roll, Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean have this week announced their return to music, sharing a video for new single ‘I Was A Fool’, their first since signing to independent NYC based label, Mom + Pop Music, already home to many a LIH favourite, including Hinds, and Courtney Barnett.
(Image courtesy of Poppy Marriott for Dork Magazine)
Cutting through the hard-hitting psych-rock haze and motorik rhythms that once befogged their earliest works, ‘I Was A Fool’ allows singer Julia Cumming’s vocals to truly shine; early comparisons to one Stevie Nicks would not appear too out of place. The 21-year old’s vocal chemistry with guitarist (and part-time Dylan lookalike) Nick Kivlen remains for all to see, the duo often sharing the mic, and lyrical duties on Sunflower Bean’s outstanding 2016 debut album ‘Human Ceremony’. Kivlen’s subdued guitar licks here play second to a bouncier bassline, later cutting loose toward the bridge as they mingle, skittishly with Julia’s sweet vocal ad-libs. The trio have also shared a new prom-inspired video for the song, which is available to view now on Apple Music, watch an official teaser for the video below.
“‘I Was A Fool’ is one of those songs that seemingly crept up from nowhere and into our practice space,” explained Kivlen in a recent statement, “I think this song is a good example of how we’ve grown as a band, while still staying true to the band that first played together back in high school.” Sunflower Bean have an upcoming tour in both North America and Europe, including a run of MA-HOO-SIVE support slots alongside Wolf Alice this month, however the group have also plotted a string of UK headline dates next spring. Tickets for these shows go on sale this Friday (10/11), full list of dates below. Listen to ‘I Was A Fool’ below.
Sunflower Bean, UK Tour Dates, 2018 March 2018 24/3 Nottingham - Rescue Rooms 26/3 Norwich - Open Norwich 27/3 Birmingham - Hare & Hounds 28/3 Newcastle - Riverside 29/3 Leeds - The Wardrobe 30/3 Manchester - Gorilla 31/3 Liverpool - Magnet April 2018 01/4 Glasgow - Stereo 03/4 Bristol - Thekla 05/4 Brighton - Concorde 2 06/4 London - KOKO
Words by Joe Bulger
Featured image courtesy of the band’s Bandcamp page