Photo by Sara Tramp
Stains of a Sunflower is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by the spirit of the Beatnik and Transcendentalist movements of the 60’s, Stains of a Sunflower aesthetically presents as a whimsically saturated version of reality, like a Baz Larrman movie come to life, lead by unapologetically hyper-femmine front woman Natalie Renée.
They recently their new EP you know it’s such a shame….
A highlight is the openings track Just Like You. Stains of a Sunflower captivates listeners with brilliant guitar work, cool rhythms, powerful vocals, and catchy sounds.
The band’s lyrics are impressive. You can see the words floating across the sky. I call it poetry. Intriguing work.
”And I pride myself on
Doing things my own way
It’s embarrassing for me to tell you
How badly I need you
You’re all I want is true
Still somehow it’s difficult to admit that”
Speaking about the track, Renée says: ”Just Like You showcases a space of vulnerability I often find myself in, but don’t always know how to maneuver. I think as people we can get too locked into getting things done in the “right way”, that we forget the reason why we are where we are. Quite literally, the chorus covers that state of mind where you realize you’ve sacrificed your own beliefs for fixing the situation in the “right way”‘; “I tried to do it just like you, I tried to shut it off and hold my tongue like you do”. It takes a lot of strength and vulnerability to admit you’re wrong or you’ve made a mistake, and specifically in just like you the person calling me out for being unauthentic is myself. The moments described in the song are real moments where I was getting too worried about making a mistake, so I tried to do things like my partner would, which only ended up hurting us because I wasn’t true to myself; “I should do it, oh I should do it just like me, there’s something to it, the magic in the things i see”. I think that last chorus depicts the switch from worry and fear to confidence and self acceptance.”
The lyric video captures the song’s energy. It’s colorful and unique. Definitely a nice concept. You will sing along.
Stains of a Sunflower has so much talent. Their music defines its own path. Just Like You deserves to be heard.
Check it out below!