Friday, May 20, 2022

SUNFLOWER BEAN Share New Single & Video for “Roll The Dice”

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Sunflower Bean’s latest video “Roll The Dice” kind of feels like an outtake from Euphoria.  “Roll The Dice” sounds like a rejection from the Friends soundtrack.  Whatever, right?  Any publicity is good though. 

New York trio Sunflower Bean—vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they)—recently announced their long-awaited new album, Headful of Sugar. The band previewed the record with “Baby Don’t Cry” and lead single “Who Put You Up to This?” The next single, “Roll The Dice,” a song featuring Cumming and Kivlen singing in unison, and culminating with careening feedback and a spry piano part crash through a static wall of sound. An indictment of the so-called American Dream, “Roll The Dice” was written about how many young adults now need side-hustles to secure their futures. The band explains, “Almost everyone we know struggles with money. The traditional routes towards success and stability in America have severely narrowed. The only way to get ahead is to take big risks and roll the dice.” The video for “Roll The Dice” sees Sunflower Bean continue on the cinematic journey that began with “Who Put You Up To This?” Listen to the single and watch part II of the story below.

Sunflower Bean released their sophomore albumTwentytwo in Blue in 2018, which skyrocketed to the UK’s Top 40, and quickly followed it with 2019’s King of the Dudes EP, which saw the band’s Triple A debut with “Come For Me.” Now, three years later, the band returns with their long-awaited third studio album. Headful of Sugar will be released on May 6 via Mom + Pop, and follows Sunflower Bean navigating the agony and ecstasy of contemporary American life. “Tomorrow is not promised, no tour is promised, no popularity is promised, no health or money is promised,” bassist/vocalist Julia Cumming says. “Why not make what you want to make on your own terms? Why not make a record that makes you want to dance? Why not make a record that makes you want to scream?” A psychedelic headrush designed to be played loud with the windows down, Headful of Sugar features songwriting collaborations with the likes of Shamir, Suzy Shinn and Jacob Portrait (who also produced, mixed and co-engineered the record with Faber).

Tour Dates

3/08/22 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar^

3/10/22 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop^

3/11/22 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar^

3/12/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub^

3/14/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/15/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/16/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/17/22 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

3/19/22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

3/20/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

3/21/22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

3/30/22 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2

3/31/22 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

4/01/22 – Manchester, UK @ Strange Waves Festival

4/02/22 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

4/04/22 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK @ Newcastle University

4/05/22 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms

4/06/22 – Birmingham, UK @ Mama Roux’s

4/07/22 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

4/09/22 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla

4/10/22 – Portsmouth, UK @ The Wedgewood Rooms

4/11/22 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

4/29/22 – Albany, NY @ Empire Underground

4/30/22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

5/5/22 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage

5/6/22 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

5/12/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

5/14/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

5/19/22 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch

5/20/22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

5/21/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

5/22/22 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

5/24/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @The Pyramid Scheme

5/25/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

5/26/22 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

6/01/22 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box SD+

6/02/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre+

6/04/22 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent+

6/07/22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios+

6/08/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre+

6/09/22 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile+

6/11/22 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre

*w/ Empath

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinnehttp://culturefiend.net
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.

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