Sometimes a chorus just can’t wait. It’s too good. It has to come first. That’s the case with Hembree‘s hard-hitting new single “Holy Water” which showcases a sonic ambition and clarity of purpose that’s formidable. The track is the follow up to the Kansas City band’s debut “Can’t Run Forever” which has seen over 500K streams on Spotify and Soundcloud. The single also caught the attention of KC’s 96.5 The Buzz who supported it with substantial airplay.
Earlier this year the band decamped to famed Sunset Sound studio in Los Angeles for initial sessions with Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). After returning to Kansas City Hembree‘s Isaac Flynn decided to table those sessions and take a different approach: “After ‘Can’t Run Forever’ came out I was feeling the pressure to make our second single bigger and better and found myself putting limitations on my writing. After being frustrated for several months I decided to record whatever I want; just let it all pour out.” With that mindset Flynn quickly recorded “Holy Water,” bringing in Eric Hillman (Foreign Fields) for additional production and mixer Joe Visciano (The Kills, Jamie xx, and Beck) to round things out.
“Holy Water” highlights the band’s penchant for creating a seamless mix of distinctly modern sounds with a timeless melody backed by Flynn’s spirited vocals.
Hembree is the brainchild of Flynn who along with Eric Davis (keyboards, synths) and Garrett Childers (guitar, vocals) forms the core of the group. That Flynn found himself as the creative force behind a band is no surprise given his DNA which includes a family of musicians and parents who owned the well-regarded guitar store (Mass Street Music) in Lawrence, Kansas.
In these troubled times, “Holy Water” strives to put forward a message of positivity and hope. Says Flynn, “The song started with me making a conscious decision to stop letting the bad win. It was time to start embracing the obstacles and then doing my best to overcome them. I really just want to be true to myself and good to others, and I want the same for other people. Perhaps that’s the message from this song.”