The New York band told Granthshala about the inspiration behind their first new material of the year and how going off the road helped them grow as artists
Sunflower Bean has released its first new musical of 2021 with the track ‘Baby Don’t Cry’. watch it below GranthshalaInterview with the band.
The new song is only the second release the New York trio has shared since their 2019 EP ‘King of the Dudes’ and last year’s single ‘Moment in the Sun’ and singer Julia Cumming’s Mannix collaboration, ‘The Secret He Had Missed. ‘ follows.
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‘Baby Don’t Cry’ tackles the disposable nature of content in the digital age and encourages us to enjoy things that “give us meaning”. It’s a message that was inspired by “being stuck at home” during the pandemic, “the only connection you have was to the outside world by having a screen,” guitarist Nick Kivlen told Granthshala.
“Instead of being out in the real world living your life, you were just staring at this screen that was constantly trying to manipulate your emotions and leave you sitting at home and completely disconnected from really doing anything. It was making this whole chain of life to happen,” she continued. “It was hard to understand anything realistically because even going to the grocery store was this traumatic experience to have to run through and every person you saw was a potential danger.”
“Got to cook dinner / caretaker for one“Julia Cumming sings in the first verse of the song.”Songs make me tired / I just need to clear my head”. The band told us how this made for a straight outcry for an artist they’ve spent the past 18 months listening to, calling themselves “less demanding of you and out of the time period we’re living in”. To immerse oneself. . “
He’s a British artist who takes old ’20s and ’30s parlor music and cuts it into these five-hour ambient albums,” Kivlen explained.[Listening to it]You have these old memories that aren’t real but are comforting to hear and it’s almost the effect of seeing a campfire.”
He adds, ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is a celebration of pieces of art that you can find and feel really personal and special, and that you can connect with in a way that doesn’t feel cynical or fleeting. In the same way a lot of material can make you feel really empty”.
While 2020’s ‘Moment in the Sun’ found the band “recognizing what is important in one’s life” [and] the people you decide to spend it with” At a bleak time, Cumming said that ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ comes from a different place. He told us, “‘The moment…’ is it a moment of sunshine and optimism. “‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is really part of how we feel right now and how we look to a future with music that’s on the horizon.”
Writing and recording through the pandemic — and having extended time off the road for the first time in five years — gave Sunflower Bean the opportunity to “go through our real artist psyche and think about what we want to do right now, soundly. And ideologically,” she added.
The band had planned to take some time off in 2020 before the pandemic struck, but still felt the “loss of identity” that came with the halt of gigs and tours. “It was a major wake-up call in many ways because we had been touring for five years straight,” Kivlen said. But there was a silver lining: “We luckily we were able to do other things and tie our lives together in other ways that I don’t think we’d be able to do without that break. Specifically For me, I became a real adult during the pandemic.”
Earlier this year, Sunflower Bean played a livestream show from New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, an experience drummer Jacob Faber described as “weird”. “It felt really comfortable to load up the gear and go to the green room,” he said. “And then you walk out…”
“And be like, ‘Oh, there’s no one here,'” Kivlen said, ending his thought. “It was so real.”
Getting back on stage in front of a live audience is something the band has been eagerly waiting for. Cumming explained, “It will certainly take some time to get back to the lifestyle, but a big part of being a musician — at least the way we did it — was being able to connect with people.” “All that music really is and being able to have the opportunity to play in front of people and see how they feel and get that energy back from them is a very special thing.”
Although the trio is keeping their future musical plans close to their chests, Cumming said that ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ is “definitely re-emerging from the darkness and into the world”.
“Definitely stuff is coming,” she said. “We’re still a little quiet about it, but we’ve been writing the whole time. We’re very excited about it.”
Tickets for Sunflower Bean’s 2022 UK tour will be available for pre-sale tomorrow (14 October) at 10am and for general sale on Friday (15th) at 10am. The tour dates are as follows:
30 – Cambridge, Junction 2
31 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
1- Manchester, Strange Waves Festival
2 – Glasgow, Stereo
4 – Newcastle, University
5 – Nottingham, Rescue Room
6 – Birmingham, Mama Rocks
7 – London, Electric Ballroom
9 – Bristol, Thekla
10 – Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
11 – Brighton, Concorde 2