Upon the release of their new album "Twentytwo in Blue", the band stopped by their home base New York and visited us at the Lomography Gallery Store NYC for an exclusive photoshoot with Mitchell Wojcik on the LC-A+.
The next time, we'll have the pleasure to see Sunflower Bean perform at the Bowery Ballroom NYC on April 26th. Check out the rest of their tour dates to see them live here.
Welcome our new LomoAmigos, Sunflower Bean! Can you introduce your band to our Community please?
Julia Hello! We are Sunflower Bean. We are from NYC and we make rock music for the digital age.
This is an exciting week for you, your album Twentytwo in Blue came out on March 23rd. Giving your “baby” out of your hands, into the world can sometimes be scary too. Are you nervous about how the world will react to your new album or are you confident that your audience will love it?
Julia We are really excited for the record to finally be out. We worked on it for a year straight, and didn’t tell anyone. It feels like the creative cycle will really be full circle when people get to hear it and have it in their hands. There’s no way of knowing how the world will respond to our artwork, but I know that when we make work honestly and with our whole heart, we will have done our best.
Jacob Somewhere in the middle!! Of course there are some nerves involved when you’ve been working on something for a while without showing anyone outside of your close circle, but that being said, whenever I listen back to the whole finished record I get a really great feeling that we did a good job. So all in all just really excited for people to finally hear it.
Tell us a little bit about Twentytwo in Blue, what was your main focus or something really important to you while making this album?
Jacob With this record we were focusing on songwriting and made it a point to make sure that at the core of each song was a really solid song… if that makes sense? Like if you stripped everything back there would be a damn good song standing in the middle. Because of having a solid base for each song it allowed us to then dive deep into the production of these songs and making sure each one got all the love it deserves.
You just got back from SXSW which you documented with a little camera of ours. How was it? We’d love to hear some impressions, stories :-)
Jacob It was a lot of fun! It’s always a good time when your running around a city playing shows with stomachs filled of tacos. We kept it pretty low key this year in order to be fully energized for all 11 shows, but we had some fun times with our friends Hinds who we kept running into throughout the week.
What do you specifically like about Instant photography?
Nick What you use to take people’s photo really influences how they act. When someone sees you with a phone they might be a little more guarded because everything instantly lands on social media. I find people are usually more open when using an instant camera because they can instantly see the results and it seems a little more special. At the same time though it also satisfies our obsession with instant gratification… and the film is also very flattering.
Is the analog medium something you prefer over digital in general? How about music?
Nick I personally don’t have a preference. I think that the means is a way to the end and you can do a lot with creativity regardless of whether or not your using digital or analog equipment.
Now that the album is out, what’s the next thing you are looking forward to?
Julia We are looking forward to touring and seeing the world. It’s an amazing part of being in a band, and meeting all the people who have found meaning or solace in our music!
Thanks for taking the time for us, we are super excited to follow up your instant snaps!
Thank you! - The Bean
Make sure to follow Sunflower Bean on their exciting journey with Twentytwo in Blue on their Instagram