The trio opened with a couple of numbers that saw Julia Cumming's piercing vocals and bassline rampages, before the band tumbled into a particularly dreamy version of 2014 album track Somebody Call A Doctor. But as the set went on, Sunflower Bean came into their own. Easier Said and Wall Watcher were highlights; two fuzz feedback flash fries that mix sqwualls of feedback, barked vocals, and an almost Black Flag-like intensity to give Sunflower Bean's set a real feeling of danger.
Throughout their set, the band fizzed around the stage, with their electric energy giving the crowd life on a lethargic Sunday afternoon. On record, Sunflower Bean are an enthralling prospect, generally something to listen to and get lost in, but live they step up the game, and bring such a brilliant intensity to the serene melodies. One for the future? Probably. One for now? Fo' sure. Sunflower Bean are everything you wish DIIV still were and a bit more on top of that.
(Words: Cal Cashin)