Long Beach's Sunflower Dead played last night with Ill Nino, and two members of the band formerly had their own two-man band Two Hit Creeper that played extensively around Southern California in the early 2000s. A two-man band is unusual enough, but how about one solely consisting of guitar and accordion?! These guys pulled it off in convincing fashion (with the help of a drum machine), and they were super nice guys to boot. It was hard to not go to a metal show on L.A's Sunset Strip around 2000 and not see James and Michael handing out flyers to promote the band. James (now Jaboo) and Michael are now the guitarist and singer, respectively for Sunflower Dead.
These pictures are from a show they did on May 16, 2000 at Brick By Brick in San Diego while they were still a two-piece unit (they later expanded to a four-person band). Michael and James always seemed to be the type that makes their own success, so it's not surprising to see them breaking out with Sunflower Dead.
I've also included scans from their self-released six-song demo EP from 2000, The Stepchildren's Twisted Circus Music. If you can get your hands on this, it's easy to hear the demented, original spin James and Michael now bring to their new band.