Three years after the drop of their well-received sophomore album, Twentytwo in Blue, New York trio Sunflower Bean are back with an upcoming new album, Headful of Sugar, punctuated by the release of the album’s lead track “Who Put You Up to This?,” a wispy single that steadily builds and is punctuated by a dreamy guitar solo and sultry vocals. To top it all off, Sunflower Bean has a Los Angeles concert date this June at the Fonda Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
A soft, light-as-air indie pop tune about getting past a toxic relationship, “Who Put You Up to This?” is an internal release of pressure where untethering yourself from the unhealthy experiences also sparks self-analyzing questions as to which parts of oneself took part in making those choices that led to these behaviors and experiences. In this way, the single is not just your typical breakup song, but one that is equally about stepping into a new chapter in life as it is shedding a former lover.
“Are you satisfied? Who put you up to do things that you do? Was it your own choice?,” the band asks listeners and themselves in the new single. “Questioning your life is the first step to taking the agency to change it. Sometimes you have to let go of who you have been so that you can become who you want to be.”
The single comes with a beautifully shot cinematic music video that chronicle’s the band as they prepare for, and then execute, a money heist. As things take a turn, the band pivots and manages to escape their situation, only to find a silver lining in the end.
Headful of Sugar will be released on May 6 via Mom + Pop. The new album is shaped by the contrast of modern American life, where there is ecstasy and anguish and nothing is ever certain.
“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?”
Sunflower Bean will also embark on a long North American tour this year with stops in California this summer, including a show in Los Angeles at The Fonda Theatre on June 2. Additionally, Sunflowerbeam will be in San Diego on June 1 at The Music Box and June 4 in San Francisco at the Independent. Tour dates are on sale now.
Sunflower Bean is vocalist and bassist Julia Cumming (she/her), guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen (he/him), and drummer Olive Faber (she/they). Together, they’ve reveled fans and critics with their luscious vocals, intuitive songwriting skills and sharp live performances.
Words: Patti Sanchez