Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean

Think Tank, Newcastle

6th September 2016

Sunflower Bean storm Newcastle with a fantastic set, compounding the fact that Human Ceremony is one of the albums of the year.

Sunflower Bean’s album was an early favourite of this year for many, and tonight they’ve finally made it to Newcastle. Unfortunately, though this evening is not without an early disappointment as hotly tipped support act Communions have had to pull out due to illness. The Van T’s step in to the breach though and have just taken to the stage as we arrive, their spritely and sharp guitars provides the perfect opening.

There is a real excitement and energy about The Van T’s, what they lack in originality they make up for with enthusiasm. Their set is wholly well received though. Sunflower Bean take proceedings up a notch though, there is an immediacy to their set but they move steadily through the gears opening with the subdued tones of Human Ceremony. This swirling track providing the perfect opening, this relaxed mood is short-lived though.


Tame Impala provides the first raucous moment of the evening with it’s seething riffs and shouted vocals, as the bands ferocity and passion really shine through. From here onwards Sunflower Bean’s set continues to go from strength to strength, their sound has such a depth to it. From the fervent punk tracks to the delicate and altogether sweeter stylings of Easier Said.

However, its those more fervent tracks like I Was Home that pique our interest as the bands passion and excitement are in full flow. Arguably they save their best till the end with Space Exploration Disaster that sees the packed crowd reach frenzy, the bands variety and ability to cross genres with ease is what really comes across tonight. Whether it be a rousing punk anthem that has everyone shouting along or a delicate and atmospheric track Sunflower Bean have it all in their armoury. Tonight only compounds our excitement for the band and their exquisite album.

Sunflower Bean can be found online here They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @Sunflower_Bean.

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All words and photos by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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