Every once in a while, they marvel at how fast the band’s fortunes have risen. “You know how Facebook has that memory thing?” Kivlen says. “They showed me this night from two years ago where we were the first band on a five-band bill.”
“Oh, man,” Cumming says. “Was that the night I broke the bass?” All three of them smile at the memory.
At the same time as playing in Sunflower Bean, Cumming has built a second career as a model, appearing in shoots for Yves Saint Laurent and more. (She’s one of two members with a day job: Kivlen works at a movie theater back home on Long Island, which has been very generous with vacation time during the band’s tours.) “I’ve been extremely lucky,” Cumming says of her fashion work. “It’s a time-sensitive job, so I have to try to save what I make from it. But ultimately, that isn’t my dream. I’ve wanted to be a musician ever since I saw the glam-rock VHS tape my dad put in for me when I was a baby.”