Concrete & Grass Presents: Sunflower Bean

“New York City’s coolest young band” – Rolling Stone

“They’re making indie exciting again, basically.” – NME


Don’t be misled by the name. This band rocks hard.

Sunflower Bean write perfect pop-psychedelic songs that are meant to be experienced live. Beguiling, moody melodies that are a little bit dark and quite a bit sexy.

Their well of influences runs deep and bountiful: you’ll hear bits of The Velvet Underground, Neu! and Kraftwerk, the blues rock of Fleetwood Mac and the woozy textures of bands like Tame Impala.  As bassist Julia Cumming puts it: “You’re allowed to obsess over Black Sabbath as well as The Cure. It’d be boring if everything was just one way or the other.”

There’s never a dull moment with this lot. Their live shows are “ingenious, impressive” affairs [Rolling Stone] that “leave everyone in attendance reeling” [The Line of Best Fit].

They’re one of the world’s most exciting young guitar bands, and we’re hugely stoked to have them play our second Concrete & Grass warm-up show.

Wednesday, August 17 in Shanghai (Yuyintang). Thursday, August 18 in Beijing (Modernsky Lab). Buzzy, fuzzy and impossibly alluring. These are going to be good.

Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. 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 their debut album, Sunflower Bean had a lively aural cauldron from which to draw.

The trio’s first full-length, Human Ceremony, emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica and urgent fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colours the aural tapestry of these three musicians—Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen [vocals/guitars].

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.

There’s nowhere to go but up for these three.

Wednesday, August 17 in Shanghai (with support from psych-pop trio Dream Can) and Thursday, August 18 in Beijing (with support from catchy indie-punksters The Diagon Alley).


Concrete & Grass Presents: Sunflower Bean

Date: August 17th, Wednesday | 8:30pm
851 Kaixuan Road near West Yan’an Road (凯旋路851号,近延安西路口)
120 (presale) / 160 (door)
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Support: Dream Can 谷水车间
* Pre-sales end on 12 noon, Aug.17th, 2016
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!

Date: August 18th, Thursday | 8:30pm
Modernsky Lab
Galaxy SOHO, Chaoyangmen, B1/F, Bldg. D, Rm. 5-108, Dongcheng District (东城区朝阳门银河SOHO D座B1层5-108)
Tickets: 120 (presale) / 160 (door)
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Support: The Diagon Alley 对角巷
* Pre-sales end on 12 noon, Aug.18th, 2016
Tickets once sold cannot be refunded!

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About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.

Split Works has launched five music festivals and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to Concrete & Grass and More Music. We love music, we love China and we love you.

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Damai Live is a new international concert promotion agency, part of Damai Entertainment, the country’s biggest ticketing agency. It has the strongest resource platform in China, and leverages Damai Entertainment’s robust O2O operational systems. Damai Live maintains extensive relationships with leading global promoters and live entertainment agencies, and has expertise and capacity in event planning and promotion. Damai Live organizes live performances and creates original entertainment projects, striving to create high-quality, cutting-edge experiences for domestic audiences

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