Sunflower Dead – Dance With Death: A Video Breakdown

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I enjoy a good gimmick in music. Whether it’s masks, face paint, costumes or a flamethrower mask, I find it adds a little bit of theatrics to a performance. Some may say that the musicianship should be all you need when seeing a live band. I’ve seen Dream Theater live. That is a lie. A dirty, dirty lie. Talented musicians, no question, but I’ve seen plays more exciting. Honest to god, plays! Of course, not all gimmicks work. Half-assing a gimmick can lead to instant dismissal of potential fans.

Sunflower Dead is a band from Long Beach, California with a confusing name and an even more confusing gimmick. Take a look at this band photo of them to see what I mean. What’s their theme or angle? Guys who watched The Crow and The Warriors too much as children? Fetishists who host swinger parties in the back of a bakery? Maybe their new video for their song “Dance With Death” will have some answers.

 

0:05: I get it now. They’re Joker cosplayers.
0:14: And there’s the comic book to confirm it.
0:15: Hey, the vocalist for Neurotic November is in Sunflower Dead too.
0:20: Chlamydia of the eyes is no laughing matter.
0:21: Man, everyone is going as Post-Apocalyptic Steampunk Joker this Halloween.
0:25: That’s definitely the “I made a boom-boom in my pants” look.
0:27: Oh, they must mean Philadelphia.
0:34: You better believe that’s an accordion.
0:37: Steampunk Joker better watch out for those computer flames. He’s about to get his buns digitally toasted.
0:38: Men’s Rights Activist Joker.
0:42: They are really really proud of that guy’s grill.
0:49: Ill Nino Joker.
0:53: Pinface just isn’t trying anymore.
0:59: I hope he lights that accordion on fire during their live set.
1:04: Skeletor is getting grabby all of a sudden.
1:07: Joey Belladonna cameo.
1:15: I think he wears the hat to draw attention away from the 2001-era Hot Topic bondage shirt.
1:23: Looks like you popped your stitches, dude.
1:27: I don’t know about you, but I would have a hard time trusting a super hero that looked like a sun-deprived Alan Cumming.
1:33: Ka-Pow is nothing compared to “WANK”.
1:41: So are you supposed to mosh to this or do some wacky grandpa dance?
1:46: Wacky grandpas are an untapped market for metal.
1:51: Excluding Pentagram’s Bobby Liebling of course.
1:57: Now is as good a time as any to mention that Masters Of Horror: Dance Of The Dead totally sucked.
2:05: So how would a dance with Death work? I assume Death would lead.
2:08: I’ll bet he wants to share the load too.
2:12: Weepy Alan Cumming Man with the sick burn.
2:18: Anyone else think he’s a little too psyched to be dancing with death? Dude is all smiles.
2:30: Unnecessary tongue.
2:37: I wonder how many spiders this guy accidentally eats when he’s a sleep.
2:40: See, this is why people are afraid of clowns.
2:48: A fight between Sunflower Dead involves a lot of slapping and crying.
2:58: It’s Philadelphia, so no one notices the difference.
3:03: Missed opportunity for an accordion solo.
3:12: That’s Mr. Sunflower Dead to you!
3:25:Yup. That sure is a left hand. Thanks for focusing on it so much.
3:29: And that price is 99 cents.
3:40: Sunflower Dead in “The Passable Milenko”.

Sunflower Dead’s new album It’s Time To Get Weird will be released on October 30. I don’t think they’re on a label, which I find legitimately surprising. There’s always a market out there for this type of music. Do it for the wacky grandpas.

  • Vote for Jeb

    This has a certain floor tech’s name all over it.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I didn’t like it at all

      • Vote for Jeb

        Good, cuz this bad.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          It is. Who is the guy in the middle of their band photo? He looks like fat Pinhead from Hellraiser sans pins in his head.

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Stabby McButterpants

  • I feel like these guys juuuuuuuuust missed the boat on the popularity of this stuff by, I dunno, 17 years or so.

    • Would’ve been huge on 2001 Ozzfest.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        They would have. Speaking of which was 40 Below Summer ever on Ozzfest? I think they would have been.

        • Vote for Jeb
          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I googled it. They were not. They do have a new album though.

        • They were not……..talented enough.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            They weren’t yet Black Tide was? That’s just odd because they’re both playing the smaller part of the venue I go to.

          • I seriously have no clue who either of those bands are but you should definitely go if that tickles your pickle.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Black Tide was on Ozzfest in 2007 and they’re touring with the band Burn Hslo

          • Burn Halo? James from Eighteen Visions band?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Yes. I love 18 Visions so that’s a reason I’m going

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            “nu metal band who had a great album”

            https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3292/5763428843_ce57f1f3a9.jpg

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Deftones. Case & punt

          • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

            Ok, they get a pass, but that’s it.

          • Based Pingu

            NOPE

          • Maybe they just need more………thyme.

          • They were just a hare late, that ship has sailed.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Ugh, and I would’ve had to sit through them as well. Thanks a bunch.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Juggalocore is always in fashion in certain areas of the US.

      And by certain areas, I mean awful backwoods meth towns.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It’s in fashion in Poughkeepsie. ICP loves coming here so that’s why.

        • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

          Pokeepsy must be a lot like the mountains

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        I still see trailer park folk around town with juggalo vinyl stickers on their cars

      • JamesGrimm

        and Cleveland.

      • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

        The kind of towns that would make Gummo look like Dubai.

      • Based Pingu

        Ain’t the US just one big awful backwoods meth town?

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch are the top selling metal bands in America right now, so apparently these guys jumped the shark just in time, and the horror of the late 90’s is still amongst us.

      #Late90’sNeverEverAgain

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I hate FFDP. I like Slipknot though.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I’d gladly take SOAD, RATM, and Korn over either of those bands.

  • Mvthvr Shvbvbv 8

    “but I’ve seen plays more exciting. Honest to god, plays!”

    Dat subtle Simpsons reference tho

  • I made it about sixty seconds. Not usually one to complain about music I don’t have to listen to but please don’t ever do this shit again. There’s no way to un-hear this crapage.

  • The singer wants lose the face paint so he can follow his one true passion – serenading couples dining at a local Italian reataurant with his bitchin’ accordian.

  • Mvthvr Shvbvbv 8

    If I may borrow a quip from Neurotic November, I hope this band gets AIDS.

  • JWEG

    So, this:

    https://twitter.com/hailconan/status/654025936824832000

    New album release news coming up on Thursday. Sweet.

  • ………………………………………………………………………………………………..lolbuttz

  • Hubert

    I give this music video a “please, make it stop, make it stop” Out of ten.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Men’s Rights Activist Joker” made me L out L

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Hey, 365, “Why so . . . serious!?”

  • JamesGrimm

    Dudes eyes say “please give me money.”

    • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

      He has that Jizzed My Pants look, but angrier. Like a million Taqo Bell combo packs suddenly carpet bombed his colon.

  • 365chaosriddendays

    The failure is strong in these men.

  • Poopypantys Studmuffin General

    Gadzooks, I had flashbacks of Megaherz looking at that band photo!

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/so42vspTpQg/hqdefault.jpg
    http://www.labeltv.com/uploads/articles/77a4c8c0.jpg

  • Waynecro

    The thought of eating spiders in my sleep is enough to keep me awake at night.

    • spiders are like house centipedes: i know they’re beneficial and shouldn’t kill them… but they’re 2 scary

      • Waynecro

        Spiders just want you to believe they’re beneficial. They’re actually evil and rude. They tried to kill Jeff Hanneman, and they leave disgusting butt webs all over everything just to fuck with people. What’s their upside? They kill other bugs? Well, shit, I’d rather kill those other bugs myself and never have to see spiders anywhere. Another spider attacked me while I was pissing last night. Fuck them.

        • Vote for Jeb
          • Waynecro

            I’ve never met a spiderbro before. All the spiders I’ve encountered have been highly egocentric, not selfless in the least. I think you’ve fallen prey to some pro-spider propaganda here, bruh.

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        Is “house centipedes” something you made up?

    • Óðinn

      I saw this thing on tv recently. It was the Discovery Channel, I think. They showed cave spiders killing bats.

      • Waynecro

        Goddamnit, nature. That’s the kind of shit that needs to stop.

  • Dear God, that thumbnail wasn’t a photoshop.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    I like this guy more and more each day(said to Clinton).

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Fuck it. I’ll even upvote my own post.

      • Óðinn

        Me too.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Hey guys:
    I don’t normally ask for this sort of thing, but Mom’s having wrist surgery tomorrow and she’s freaking out about it. If y’all could send some good vibes(in whatever form that may take)our way, I’d appreciate it.

    • Óðinn

      Done. *good vibes coming your way*

    • Hope for a quick recovery!

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        Thanks one and all.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Just checking in on Lambgoat(aka my favorite cultural train wreck). Those guys seem awfully obsessed with using various permutations of the word “cuckold”, and they clearly spend a lot of time thinking about gay sex.

  • Óðinn

    That song is bad. Five Finger Death Punch bad.

  • Óðinn

    Congratulations America! We’ve just had your 1,000th mass shooting since Sandy Hook, while gun nuts, the NRA and the Republican Party refuse to do anything about stronger guns laws or regulations. By all means, keep talking about “mental health” to avoid addressing the real issue.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/11/mass-shooting-florida-1000th-sandy-hook

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Don’t worry you’ll be dead in 30-40 years.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I don’t want some freak to shoot me before I have the chance to OD on dope.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Well, at lest you have goals. I commend you my good man!

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Thanks. Now where did I leave that rusty needle…

  • KJM, Shake Zula
  • Guppusmaximus

    I didn’t realize that Scott Ian was:
    A.) In another band
    B.) Played the accordion