Brooklyn-based trio Sunflower Bean – Jacob Faber (drums), Julia Cummings (vocals/bass) and Nick Kivlen (vocals/guitars) – present their debut album, ‘Human Ceremony’ (2016), an explosion of psychedelic dream pop with touches of ’70s punk. They share the bill with two groups from Barcelona, the duo Twin Drama, and the four-member band ¡Viva la novia! in a concert that marks the third anniversary of the of independent music promotor Cooncert. Tonight at Sidecar.
As a band, Sunflower Bean have grown exceptionally fast. On the heels of strong live shows around their Brooklyn hometown and festivals like CMJ, the three-piece dropped an EP earlier this year. Since then, they’ve nailed down tours with the likes of Wolf Alice, DIIV, Best Coast, and others, leading to a staggering 100 performances in the span of just one year. That’s a lot for a fresh outfit, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down in 2016, as they’ve just announced their debut album, Human Ceremony.
Recorded in just seven days (told you they were speedy), Human Ceremony is set for a February 5th release via Fat Possum. The album sees them refining their psych rock ways into something with a bit more of a fuzzy pop edge, with a press release referencing influences like The Cure, The Velvet Underground, and The Feelies