On their first record, 2016’s Human Ceremony, Sunflower Bean saw themselves as a “rock” band, but following that experience, the group has consciously decided to more openly embrace the softer and vulnerable side of their sound. The result of that shift in mindset is this: Today, Sunflower Bean has announced their sophomore album Twentytwo In Blue, which is slated for release on March 23rd via Mom + Pop. The band has also shared lead single “Crisis Fest,” which still rocks pretty hard but also has some seriously sunny The Go-Go’s vibes.
Singer and bassist Julia Cumming says that their second record shows the group maturing into an entity that’s more comfortable with itself:
“We’re a rock band, and we would never want to be a ballad-y band. But also I think when you’re like 18 and 19, you need to scream, you know? And in life you’ll always need to scream. I was a little afraid to show myself as a singer, even to my bandmates, but I did and we were able to push ourselves. I think if anything, after making this, we’re the most well-rounded we’ve ever been.”