Sunflower Bean

KEXP & The Crocodile Present:

Sunflower Bean

The Paranoyds, Smokey Brights

Wed, June 20, 2018

7:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$13 Adv.

This event is all ages

Sunflower Bean
Sunflower Bean
Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. The New York trio’s full-length debut album, Human Ceremony [Fat Possum Records], emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica and urgent fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colors the aural tapestry of these three musicians—Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen [vocals/guitars].

“Everything comes from a conflicting interest,” affirms Nick. “We love dream pop, but we also really love rock ‘n’ roll. It’s those two spectrums.”

“You’re allowed to obsess over Black Sabbath as well as The Cure,” adds Julia. “It’d be boring if everything was just one way or the other.”

That diversity defined the group’s approach since Nick and Jacob started jamming back in high school. They would hole up in Jacob’s Long Island basement for hours on end, channeling this vast cadre of influences. Julia’s addition would only expand that creative palette further in 2013.

Through constant gigging around New York, Sunflower Bean sprouted into a sonic enigma, boasting a fiery musical call-and-response that serves as a centerpiece, giving the music what Jacob refers to as a “lyrical aspect” between the guitars, drums, and bass.

They transferred this multi-headed energy into their 2015 Independent EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets. At the same time, this distinct alchemy enchanted ever-growing audiences live. By the time, they entered the studio for Human Ceremony, Sunflower Bean had a lively aural cauldron from which to draw.
They took the summer of 2015 off and retreated to Jacob’s basement to write together. Taking the ideas out of the basement, they hit a Brooklyn studio with producer Matt Molnar [Friends] and tracked eleven tunes in just seven days. Whereas the EP was recorded after Sunflower Bean played 100 shows in one year, Human Ceremony showed the band’s studio side with richer soundscapes, overdubs, and music that had yet to be debuted live.

On the lead track “Easier Said,” Julia’s delicate vocals glide over a lilting clean guitar that spirals off into a vibrant hum.

Sunflower Bean’s spell is cast on Human Ceremony.

“When you’re in a band, you always dream about the first record,” Julia concludes. “It’s that moment where you explore everything that’s been inspiring you.”
The Paranoyds
The Paranoyds
Four-piece from Los Angeles. Punk wing dong gaze porn pop cop chop proto shoes progs clogs hogs fuzzy wuzzy soaked hugs and slugs.
Smokey Brights
Smokey Brights
Smokey Brights are a rock and roll band based out of Seattle, WA, fronted by husband and wife songwriting duo Ryan Devlin and Kim West. Though eclectic, the music tends towards the anthemic rock sounds of the 1970’s. Known for their infectiously energetic and positive live performances, Smokey Brights were one of the first signees to powerhouse indie-label Freakout Records. Their music has been a recent favorite of college radio, and has been featured on NPR, MTV, and Skype. Impose Magazine has called Smokey Brights "A modern bit of AM radio gold."

Nick Krivchenia (drums) provides the unparalleled grooves and precision that have been integral to Smokey Brights' sound since its inception. Other founding members and collaborators include Jim Vermillion (bass) and Mike Kalnoky (guitar). The band has most recently been touring as a four piece, with Devlin, West, and Krivchenia joined by Seattle multi-instrumentalist Luke Logan on bass.

On their newest effort, Come to Terms (Freakout Records), Smokey Brights have worked closely with British producer Sam Bell (R.E.M., Weezer, Minus the Bear) to capture their most crystallized batch of songs yet. Come to Terms contains songs about fresh divisions and the social chasms divisions leave behind. Divisive politics, broken hearts, and absent dialogues are all brought to the surface and socially exercised. Though it’s is an airing of grievances, Come to Terms is not a record of despair, but instead invites the listener to snap out of it, start moving, and to rise above. In the final track of the record, The Other Way, West and Devlin sing, “This is not the time to turn your back on what you see. Find the strength in you, and I will find the good in me.” Smokey Brights will be touring extensively in 2018 in support of Come to Terms, with a new Sam Bell produced EP in the works.
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/