Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day: Sunflower Bean


Bonnaroo Artist | Sunflower Bean
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | TBA


As we’ve been doing for the past several years now, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2016 lineup. In addition to the main stage acts, we also want to be sure to give the Club Stage bands some love, so, for the remainder of our coverage, we’ll be doubling up with a second daily spotlight. They might be the smallest artists on Bonnaroo’s bill, but the Club Stage boasts some of the best and most exciting up and coming acts around. As with our main stage previews, we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day


Brooklyn indie pop trio Sunflower Bean is one of those rare bands who earn lots of buzz and acclaim just months after their formation. Comprised of vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming, singer and guitarist Nick Kivlen, and drummer Jacob Faber, the underaged group perfectly projects the angst, emotion and confusion that comes with growing up. The band got together back in 2013, and upon releasing their first EP Show Me Your Seven Secrets, were invited to open for DIIV and The Vaccines. Not a bad start for a few teenagers.

The opportunities were certainly earned off the quality of their music. Guitar lines go from lush and dreamy to urgently rocking runs in the matter of a single bar. Kilven constantly keeps pace with Cumming, trading vocal duties with equal ferocity, while Faber keeps the whole ordeal in check with brisk percussion duties. Fat Possum Records, a keeper of burgeoning bands and longtime legends like Modest Mouse, released Sunflower Bean’s debut LP Human Ceremony back in February this year. It’s a much more focused effort than their EP, letting loose elements of psych pop and alt-rock across 11 tracks. If they’ve learned to hone their sound this well after just a couple of years, there’s truly nothing stopping these three from enjoying a long and fruitful career. Make sure to check them out during their stop in Manchester this year.

LISTEN | “Easier Said”

WATCH | “Wall Watcher” (Official Video)


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