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sunflowerbean18.jpg Each and every one a Sunflower

New York’s Sunflower Bean gave us one of 2017’s best singles in I Was a Fool, and said single is just one of the highlights on their second album which is released in March. And, oh, they’re also playing Newcastle’s Riverside in March, too.

Yep: I Was a Fool was on constant repeat in the office last year. It’s one of those songs that is breezily sunny/wistfully sad, and it managed to hit every rootin’ tootin’ sweet spot going, particularly those sweet spots with a classic Fleetwood Mac vibe. And – pleased to report – the forthcoming album it’s culled from, Twentytwo In Blue, is equally as good and trailed by another crackerjack single in Crisis Fest, which features a creamy glam-rock stomping beat and a Joan Jett amount of gum-snapping sass. The album is the second long-player from the Brooklyn trio which sees them adding exciting new sonics to their classic power/pop set-up; and, lyrically, they don’t shy away from the political upheavals that have shrouded the US over the last 18 months or so either. Is their Newcastle gig going to be any good, though? Well let’s put it this way: yes.

Sunflower Bean, Wednesday 28 March, Riverside, 1 The Close, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £11. riversidenewcastle.co.uk