Hembree, one of NPR’s Spotlight Artists and Rolling Stone’s “Best Band We Saw at SXSW”, released their debut album House On Fire in April 2019 on Nashville’s esteemed Thirty Tigers. Isaac Flynn, the band’s vocalist and primary songwriter, calls the songs on House on Fire “scrappy,” a production vibe that that matches the grit of the lyrics and stories he is telling. The songs retain a high production value but possess the toughness and authentic character of the region from which they were created.
The first single, “Culture,” begins with a sonic storm of synth and drum beats while Flynn sings “the king of the culture is never really free” as a mantra. The song was influenced by sampling and Flynn points to the boundary-pushing production, rhythm, and pastiche of hip-hop as a strong influence on Hembree’s sound.
The ten songs on Hembree’s debut reveal a band filled with the confidence that is required of those who sound self-assured while discussing themes of indecision and uncertain identity.
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[Billboard] By Shelby Reitman Kansas City-based band HEMBREE returns with new single “Culture,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Jan. 24). It will appear on the group’s debut full-length album House On Fire, which is due on April 26. With poignant lyrics and a melody that loops around in your head, “Culture” — which also draws […]
Rolling Stone SXSW 2018: 30 Best Artists We Saw at the Austin Throwdown – Hembree, The Weather Station
[Rolling Stone] Hembree March 15th, The Continental Club Kansas City natives Hembree played to a room full of friends and family. There was certainly a loose, laid-back vibe to the show as the band members ribbed each other between songs, but there was a single-minded focus as their tore the swirl of guitars and keys […]
[NPR] Watch here! “We’ve got rock and roll moms, Jon,” Hembree frontman Isaac Flynn explains to music director Jon Hart. He and bassist Garrett Childers first began making music together in middle school and their collaboration had been orchestrated by their mothers. “Once we jammed ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ about 75 times in my basement, […]