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Stage Buzz: Sunflower Bean @ Schubas

| March 2, 2016


NYC’s Sunflower Bean yolk ’60s – influenced punk rock, with indie-cred and an inspiring new album. They arrive tomorrow night at Schubas. Curt Baran reviews the new LP for IE:

Human Ceremony
(Fat Possum)

Brooklyn New York’s Sunflower Bean seem to revel in youthful, reckless abandon. The versatile trio have arrogance or naivety to try whatever the hell they want on Human Ceremony, their long-playing debut. The music is drawn from influences as diverse as ’60s psychedelic (“2013”), Nuggets-infused rockers (“I Was Home”), aggressive Indie (“Come On”) and even a hint of New Wave (“Creation Myth”). To their credit, the trio seem quite adept bouncing from one genre to the next without the slightest hint of self-consciousness, or fear. Throughout the 11 tracks, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber make a glorious racket together. There is little-or no-window dressing on the songs which gives them nowhere to hide, allowing the slinky, serpentine hooks to sink their talons into the listener. The result is undistilled bliss, or, at the very least, youthful panache.

7 out 10

– Curt Baran

Appearing Thursday 3/3 at Schubas, Chicago

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