Last week saw Kansas City's Hembree play to packed rooms throughout Austin for SXSW. Today they are excited to share a video for their newest single, an 80s-era stomper entitled "Almost." The band noted "We wanted the video to feel classic, but fresh. Alex and Austin came up with the idea of changing the frame rate to create a stop-motion effect, and the jagged movements fit the cadence of the song perfectly...It was a very collaborative process." The video premiered via the UK's Clash Magazine who called it, "an 80s tinged fuzzed out monster."
Watch "Almost" here:
On April 26 Hembree will release their debut album House On Fire via Thirty Tigers.
Previous to "Almost' Hembree shared "Culture" which was recently added into rotation atSirius AltNation and hit the top 50 in the Alt Radio charts. Billboard noted, "With poignant lyrics and a melody that loops around in your head, 'Culture' -- which also draws on the boundary-pushing production of hip-hop, and blends it with classic beat-infused rock -- is something uniquely HEMBREE."
Hembree have had a formidable 12 months. 2018 saw them hailed as the "best artist we saw at SXSW' by Rolling Stone & one of NPR's "spotlight artists of the year,"(they landed on their alumni SXSW list this year).
After the breakup of his previous band, Flynn started writing songs and recording demos. Calling his new project Hembree, he put himself through what he calls "three years of songwriting boot camp." Looking to inspiration from masters of the three-minute opus like Tom Petty, John Lennon, and Bruce Springsteen, he started piecing together his dream lineup-because despite Hembree being his creation, he wanted the project to come to life as a band. Hembree now includes Flynn on guitar and lead vocals, Garrett Childers on bass and backup vocals, Eric Davis on keys/synth, and brothers Alex andAustin Ward on guitar and drums.
House On Fire follows on from the band's surefooted first EP and a grip of singles likeHoly Water & Had It All - undeniable earworms with infectious rhythmic elements that turned heads globally, with streams quickly exceeding over 1 million on Spotify and Holy Water featured on an Apple commercial last year.
The band's live show has also flourished, having shared the stage with the likes of Phoenix, Cold War Kids & Elvis Costello as well as a first UK headline tour last autumn. Through it all, Flynn remains dedicated to his craft and views the buzz as fuel for his creative fire.
With House on Fire, Hembree have achieved what it takes some bands an entire career to replicate, a sure sign of their strengths in terms of song-writing, performance, production, and synergy. And it's certain that from here they will only continue to grow.