Blue, as Julia Cumming of Brooklyn’s Sunflower Bean points out, is something of a “loaded color.” The word is of course often synonymous with sadness—certainly blues music isn’t known for its laughs. But it's also the "emotional color" of the band's upcoming, sparkling second album, Twentytwo in Blue. “We definitely don’t want it to come across as a sad record,” explains Cumming. “Blue is kind of hopeful, and we wanted to explore that color with this record.” The new record by vocalist and bassist Cumming, drummer Jacob Faber and guitarist and vocalist Nick Kivlen is many things: rousing, romantic, topical, empathetic and insightful. But defeatist it’s not.
All three band members will in fact be 22 when Twentytwo in Blue is released in March of 2018, almost two years and two months after Sunflower Bean’s hazy, charming debut LP, Human Ceremony. They were two momentous years in which the trio toured the world several times over and grew in accomplishment, discovering a newly confident voice they bring to the second album, one that doesn’t shy away from the political changes and cultural shifts that have left America and the world stupefied. “This has been such an unbelievable time,” says Kivlen. “I can’t imagine any artist of our ilk making a record and not have it be seen through the lens of the political climate of 2016 and 2017."
I'm from Santa Ana, California and grew up going to a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist church in Orange County. I played basketball for 9 years and hated it the entire time. I went to NYU, but stopped going to class and would spend all day walking around the city by myself. So I left and moved home and spent the rest of that semester learning how to play guitar from a person I went to high school with. I play music because forming thoughts into sounds blends emotional and rational thought in a way that turns me on. I met my band on Tinder
JESSE JO STARCK
Few young artists have as much inherited bonds to the fashion and music world as Jesse Jo Stark. With her parents, Laurie Lynn and Richard Stark, owners of Chrome Hearts, and her fairy godmother, music legend Cher, Jesse Jo grew up in an environment that fostered creative expression. Now twenty-two years old, Jesse Jo is creating her own original place in design and music..
First spotted in the ever-opinionated realm of cyberspace, Jesse Jo was the constant subject of curiosity – named a muse, a musician, an artist, a designer – she became recognized for her playful style and imaginative coolness and the tribes of fashion followers were captivated. It was not long before images of her at thirteen and sixteen shot for Elle Magazine by famed fashion photographer, Gilles Bensimon were uncovered and the fascination continued. All the while, Jesse Jo was quietly but boldly defining her mark on fashion. One of her first ventures, a collection named Pete Punk for Chrome Hearts (released in early 2010) that was inspired by references of the punk era, found immediate distinction both editorially and commercially. Following on the success of this project, Jesse Jo was approached to lend her style to the skate company, Vans. For this joint project launched in Spring 2011, Vans x Jesse Jo, she brought her own personal vision to the laidback skater vibe of the brand and continues to grow her partnership with them in future collaborations.