The last time Sunflower Bean played London was the biggest show they’d ever done. Supporting Wolf Alice on their November UK tour, the New York trio ended up performing in front of some 10 000 people at Alexandra Palace.
They’re back on their own headlining tour at the end of March to coincide with the release of their second album, ‘Twentytwo in Blue’.
‘Twentytwo’ is the latest single to be released from the LP and showcases the gentler side of singer/bassist Julia Cumming, guitarist/singer Nick Kivlen, and drummer Jacob Farmer.
With its classic Southern-California-in-the-’70s sound, the track is all about “fighting back against society’s expectations and generations of abuse by men in power” told from the perspective of a 22-year-old – the age all three band members will be when ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ is released on 23 March,
The LP was co-produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait and Matt Molnar of Friends, who produced their 2016 debut, ‘Human Ceremony’. Unlike its predecessor, which was a collection of songs Sunflower Bean wrote while in high school, ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ is a more focused record, put together between December 2016 and December 2017.
As such it finds the trio incorporating new textures into their classic rock-inspired, guitar-based roots, as can be heard on ‘Twentytwo’ and, released earlier this year, ‘Crisis Fest’.
- Sunflower Bean play London’s Rough Trade East on 23 March and Koko on 6 April.