Ultimate Playlist: Sunflower Bean
NYC power trio Sunflower Bean started as a duo by Jacob Faber and Nick Kliven back in 2013 with a name that combined each of their favourite things – sunflower seeds and coffee beans. Joined by ex-member of the Supercute! duo Julia Cumming in 2014, the then threesome moved from Long Island to Brooklyn and submerged themselves in the areas thriving DIY scene.
Constant graft and dedication brought them through the scene and out on to the radar – showcased by their awarded title of ‘Most hard-working NYC band in 2014’. From there on out it’s been a non-stop run for Sunflower Bean, with support and headline slots alongside the likes of Wolf Alice, Pixies, Cherry Glazerr and so many more. 2015 brought the true initiation of their domination, with debut album ‘Human Ceremony’ which – despite none of the band members being of legal US drinking age at the time – soared the international charts and placed them firmly on the map, at such a fledgling stage.
Bringing us bang up to date and now with a second album ‘Twentytwo in Blue’ under their wings, in 2018 the triad have announced a new EP entitled ‘King Of The Dudes’ produced by Justin Raisen (Sky Ferreira, Charlie XCX, Angel Olsen) and due to be released on January 25th, 2019. To celebrate the announcement, the band have shared the first single from the record: ‘Come For Me’, which sees the band in a more menacing light than ever before.
Julia explains,“This song was inspired by inner strength, power, and sexual freedom. In 2018 there is no time to waste and no time for shame. This song is a declaration of that. Do you really want to come for me? Do you really want to waste my time? The song is a dare, a threat, and a beckoning.”
We asked Nick to put together a list of his favourite tracks, check them out below.
Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex
I recently really got into Cigarettes After Sex and it took me a second to get on board but now that I’m on I can’t get off.
Licking an Orchid – Yves Tumor
We’ve all been super into the new Yves Tumor record since it came out. It sounds like the future.
Serve the Servants – Nirvana
For some reason we walked out to play a set to this song the other night and it reminded me that’s its low key the best Nirvana song.
Broccoli – DRAM
My younger brother turned me on to DRAM a little while ago, safe to say he’s got hooks for days.
Walking My Tears Across Manhattan – Lawrence Rothman
I love this song so much. Being from NYC I think we have all felt this at some point.
Ghost Town – Kanye West
I know Ye has not been on it as of late but he did make one the of my favourite songs of 2018…
Death or Glory – The Clash
Such a tune, just makes me want to punch a hole in the wall out of excitement.
But I’m Different – Les Rallizes Denudes
Was listening to this while we were in Japan last week, pretty perfect soundtrack for the trip.
Crawling Up The Stairs – Pure X
Been revisiting this record as of late and this song especially hits hard.
Humility – Gorillaz
I came to this band so late but I’m so glad I did.