New Music: Sunflower Bean

New York stripling trio Sunflower Bean are building their own psychedelic-garage-rock monster.

Sunflower Bean AKA Julia Cumming (vox/bass), Nick Kivlen (vox/guitar), and Jacob Faber (drums) only formed a couple of years ago, but they are veritable veterans of the Brooklyn DIY Scene. We’ve loved these guys since we heard  “I Hear Voices” with it’s now unavailable DIY video shot on an iPhone – “Tangerine” style. 

We’ll leave you to determine the symbolism of the equipment choice, all we know is that we love the track. Starting off like a slung-out take on Led Zeplin’s “Kashmir” before rocking its post-punk socks off. It’s one of a number of tracks where Julia & Nick share vocal duties – Nick; disenchanted & gnarly New Yorker – Julia; flip-flopping between kick-ass riot girl and bona fide twisted angel.

Follow-up single “Wall Watcher” taken from their début record “Human Ceremony” was another example of the riff-driven, up-tempo-stoner-rock that have garnered the band comparisons to Black Sabbath, Neu! Tame Impala & the more droney parts of the Velvet Underground’s back catalogue.

 Judging from an NME interview taken around their Great Escape performance, the band have no intention in keeping themselves to themselves. A support slot for The Vaccines in packed venues across the UK this Autumn won’t have harmed their chances of reaching more eardrums in 2016…

Check out Sunflower Bean’s upcoming shows at

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