Michael – Vocals, Accordion, Piano
Jaboo – Guitars
After 8 years, 3 albums, constant touring and steady upward success at Active Rock Radio, Sunflower Dead is gearing up to release (Label TBA, 2021) their 4th and most ambitiously dialed in album to date “March Of The Leper”. During the long uneasy months of the Covid inflicted 2020, the main men of SFD, Michael and Jaboo, took a long hard look at themselves, what they have accomplished and where they stood in the grand scheme and realized that not only are they outcasts in the rock world but that they’re happy to accept that role as their own. The result is 9 new tracks that come from a place of “Fuck It, If You Don’t Care then We Don’t Care and We’ll Just Do What We Do” for the Unwanted, the Uninvited, the Leftout, the Forgotten, the Outcasts and the Damned.
Born in 2012, Sunflower Dead released its self-titled debut album through their own Bloody Bats Records with production by Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory). The album received positive press & numerous accolades, including being named Revolver Magazine’s “Album of the Week”. The band spent the next 2 years on the road promoting the LP, including tours with In This Moment, All That Remains, Hellyeah, Nonpoint, Powerman 5000, Hed (PE), Ill Nino, Soil, Smile Empty Soul and Hurt. The debut album moved over 6,000 units and helped establish a loyal Fanbase dubbed ‘The Evil Seeds.’
Touring and experiencing what worked in a live setting helped mature the band’s songwriting skills that they brought with them into the studio while recording their 2nd full-length LP, “It’s Time to Get Weird” with producer Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot) and Mikey Doling (Snot). The album showcased a more polished sound while incorporating a more playful side that live audiences were just beginning to get a taste of. The ‘Weird’ album was a step forward on multiple fronts – from the production team, to a slicker stage look and photos with famed rock photographer Neil Zlozower, and guest vocals on the album’s title track by Korn’s Jonathan Davis. Lead single, “Dance with Death” was the band’s first foray into Active Rock radio and reached #52 on the Mediabase Active Rock charts just as the album was released on October 30, 2015 independently, again through their own Bloody Bat Records. The title cut “It’s Time to Get Weird (featuring Korn’s Jonathan Davis),” was released in early 2016, becoming the band’s first Top 40 hit on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. With the success of both singles, Sunflower Dead supported the album on the road from mid 2015 through 2017 with Korn, Snot, Avatar, Hellyeah, both legs of In This Moment’s ‘Hellpop’ tour and direct support on two runs with Mushroomhead.
In 2018, the band returned to the studio with producer Dave Fortman with the desire to strip away the bullshit and write a record that expressed their rawness and building discontent of being dismissed. The result was their third album “C O M A” released on Oct. 19th, 2018 through David Ellefson’s (Megadeth) EMP Label Group. “C O M A” contained SFD’s most aggressive and lyrically heartfelt songs to date including their 2 highest charting Top 40 Active Rocks Hits “Victim” (#36 on both Monitored Charts) and “Turn Away” (#37 on both Monitored Charts). With the new more serious tone of “C O M A“, affectionately dubbed “The Christopher Nolan Record “, by the band, SFD eagerly hit the road in late 2018 on their own 25 Date US Warm Up Tour. The success of that tour was followed up with 6 week theater tour in Summer/Fall of 2019 supporting Scott Stapp (Creed) that put the band in front of a completely new audience gaining them an entire other set of Evils Seeds that had yet to be exposed to the band. The band continued supporting the album on the road from February through March of 2020 supporting Sons Of Texas.
Due to the Pandemic and subsequent shutdown, all remaining touring for 2020 had been cancelled and SFD quickly switched gears back to writing and recording their newly finished and soon to be released (2021) ode to the unwanted album, “March Of The Leper with tour dates already booked for August of 2021.