Artist Alert: Sunflower Thieves

For this week's Artist Alert we got to know the whimsical and beautifully named Sunflower Thieves. Currently based in Leeds, the female-fronted duo conjure up a delicate and sparse sound with intimate harmonies and ebbing rhythms. In joining up with their drummer and bassist, they’ve taken their bolder, swelling sound to festivals from YNOT to Dot to Dot and How The Light Gets In.



Stumbling upon Sunflower Theives feels like that moment at a festival where you’ve got yourself a little bit lost, and hearing unfamiliar music flitter through the trees you end up falling upon new and exciting unheard sounds, which make you realise you’re probably exactly where you’re supposed to be. Sunflower Thieves invite you into the space between their harmonies with open arms, creating a sound which straddles the changing seasons. Their latest release ‘Two Halves’ flows with a nostalgic beat that quickly becomes addictive and as if that’s not enough, they’ve translated the single into a beautiful and bewitching live session which is currently up on their youtube channel.


Sunflower Thieves have promised us more music in 2019 and we’re looking forward to watching them continue to bloom.


Can you tell us who you are, where you're from, and a little bit about the music you make?


Hey, we’re Sunflower Thieves - Amy and Lily! We’re a Leeds-based, female-fronted pop-folk band, joined by the lovely Jacob Cracknell and Matt Hill. Our sound consists of a combination of close harmonies, honest lyrics and driving rhythms.


Why did you decide to start making music?  


We’ve always been passionate about and been surrounded by music. We were encouraged to join a choir, take up various instruments, and perform at open mic nights, and we can’t imagine not creating our own music now. All of our songs are hugely personal to us, and the writing is definitely therapeutic, helping us understand and deal with big life things, so we write to express ourselves.


Who are your biggest influences?


Lucy Rose, First Aid Kit, The Cranberries, Gabrielle Aplin


What has been your biggest highlight of this year as an Artist?


Definitely, the incredible response we have had from our single, ‘Two Halves’. We’re so proud of this song, and the progress we have made to reach it. It’s been amazing to hear that people genuinely love the song, and it has opened doors to some really exciting opportunities for us, including Sofar London, supporting Wildwood Kin, and our BBC Introducing live session.


What do you think of your local music scene at the moment?


In Leeds there is always something going on, there are so many insanely good bands and artists, and we’re lucky to know many of them. We try and support as many local artists as possible in as many ways as possible, and love love love the vibrancy of the scene right now.


Have you got any exciting plans you can tell us about going into 2019?


We’ll definitely be releasing more music in early 2019, which is really exciting for us as we had a long break between the EP release and the single. So keep an eye out for another single!

We have plans to travel further afield in our live performances as we’ve had greater demand to do so, and definitely to hit up some more festivals. We have just confirmed a headline show back near where we originally come from in Derby, so that is definitely something we’re feeling great about.




Best cure for a hangover?

Lily: Lucozade

Amy: Orange juice and salt & vinegar crisps


What new bands are you listening to at the moment?

Lily: Heir and Talkboy’s new singles are BOPs.

Amy: Locally, Laminate Pet Animal are gorgeous and I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff they released this year. Otherwise, Sam Fender has some very important things to say, and an incredible way of saying them. Check out ‘Dead Boys’.


Dream gig?

Lily: Sold out Rock City.

Amy: We signed up and played a tiny set at the Healing Fields at Glastonbury in 2017, so to asked to play an official stage at Glasto would be an absolute dream


Describe your sound in three words?

Our recent single was described by one reviewer as an ‘extremely comfortable hug’.