Hemmingbirds is an indie pop rock band based out of Chicago, IL. The band began as a solo project of singer/guitarist/violist Yoo Soo Kim in the fall of 2009.
The recordings from Yoo Soo’s solo project in fall expanded into what would ultimately become the band’s debut Death Wave released May 2010. Zach Benkowski and Timothy Cap joined on drums and guitar, respectively, and the musical composition of the band moved from a solo project to a full-fledged band. After a slew of lineup changes, Matt McGuire joined on bass to complete the current lineup.
The release of Death Wave was met with local and national acclaim. The album reached #109 on CMJ’s Top 200 National Charts, and the band was named The Deli Chicago’s #4 Emerging Artist of 2011 and Metromix Chicago noted the group as a “Local Band to Watch.”
Riding on the success of Death Wave, the band began writing and recording its follow-up. Departing from the original solo creative writing process of Death Wave, Hemmingbirds wrote and recorded their sophomore effort The Vines of Age collectively as a full, live band. As a result, the album marks a transition from the band’s original folk rock influenced sound into a heavier, noisier, more soulful feel that, at the heart of it, still encompasses the solid pop rock sound for which the band came into recognition.
Lyrics:Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Prospero año y felicidad. Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Feliz Navidad Prospero año y felicidad. I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas From the bottom of my heart.
Lyrics:Sleigh bells ring Are you listening In the lane Snow is glistening A beautiful sight We're happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland Gone away is the bluebird In its place is a new bird Hes singin a song As we go along Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say: Are you married? We'll say: No man But you can do the job When you're in town Later on We'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid The plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman Then pretend hes s service clown Well have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman until the other kiddies knock him down When it snows though you know kids are chillin' the eskimo way walkin in a winter wonderland (3x)
Lyrics:Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us once more. Through the years We all will be together, If the Fates allow Hang a shining star upon the highest bough. And have yourself A merry little Christmas now.
Lyrics:Ive got a pocket full of change, Ive got a new guitar, I gotta get you to come over, I want to be your star, I got a flathead screw, Stuck in my shoe, But ive got a feeling Im a win yeah, Im gonna win for you, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, So baby whats your name? Because I only wrote this far, You make my temperature rise, Youre gonna be my star, I want to scream out loud, Just to hear it again, Im gonna fight for you, Oh until the end, til the end, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, So lets start it up, So we can knock them down, Were gonna push so hard, Were gonna run this town, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge, Ooooh, You take me to the edge,
Lyrics:The sun was stretching out forever, I could see the dead of winters gone, and the light is coming in. In the mornings were together, dancing through the world like naturals, as our time is running thin. I could just see it: the sum of all feelings. It went on and on forever, gone in half a second. Moments that we have together, it went on and on forever. gone in half a seconds time. Since the days when we first saw the light, Ive felt that death was coming on, and our time is at an end. In the mornings were together, dancing through the world like naturals, and now we are growing out.
Lyrics:I was running to the grave. I was running to behave. From the light that you were in, to the night grew so dim. I was fighting through the crowd, I could barely get around, through the static we were in. Cause you were the mess of things, you were the death of kings, I couldnt get out, No, I couldn't get out. Cant believe we were the same. Cant you see the mess youve made? Some things fall between, all the fears in which we bleed. All my friends, they are, reaching for all the stars. And Im lying in the streets, with guttered teeth. Cause you were the mess of kings, you were the death of things, I couldnt get out, No I couldnt get out, Cause you were the mess of things, You were the death of kings, I couldnt get out then. No, I couldn't get out then. Cause you were the mess of things, you were the death of kings, and I couldnt get out then, No I couldnt get out then, Cause you were the mess of me, I couldnt help but think, That I was a mess tonight, I was a mess tonight.
Lyrics:I was lost in some field feeling dangerous, feeling of the hour. Drunken spins carried me like a swirl of wind through the lines of fire, and I braced for it. My love, you came and you knocked me down, was so alarmed by the feel of ground,
Lyrics:Once, you said, in our night bed as spirits fogged up the ground The vines of age will cloud your brain and bind you to your name. And the leaves will carry three: the father to father to son. As you lie in bed, and I lie awake, this evening Ill wade through vineyards. And as the demons arise, Ill wash the pigments of red to white. The generational trends to break, or will I carry them on?
Lyrics:See the second line of bones winding down this foggy road Im running out, Im running out around here. The dead is in the air tonight, coming at me from all sides. My hearts contending, Im ready for the fight. Ghosts from generations line, swell around me and they cry, Were an all-impending, never-ending time. But by the morning I will see the truth, and Ill see it better than you do. The black will burn out and bring in the light to a never-ending, never-ending night. In the fiery of the night, here to save my futures kind, but when the fire breaks out, then whos going to run back for you? My generations flee tonight. The bitter yell of ending times - the shrill is crackling, the change is in the tide. But by the morning I will see the truth, and Ill see it better than you do. The black will burn out and bring in the light to a never-ending, never-ending night. See the second line of bones winding down this foggy road Im running out, Im running out around here. But by the morning I will see the truth, and Ill see it better than you do. The black will burn out and bring in the light to a never-ending, never-ending night.
Lyrics:My mama is a hemmingbird, workin to feed our little, hungry mouths, chirpin. And as the day turns into darkness, you will sometimes say, There are times when I wish I hadnt rushed with it. The lives that fall on your arms in a sequence, and how yours slips through the cracks of the floorboards. And as I age you see the resemblance, and you carefully say, Take your time with the lovers that you make. The lives that pass through your eyes on the TV, and how it prints on to your brain as your dreaming, And as I age you see the resemblance, and you carefully say, Take your time with loves that you make.
Lyrics:On the road - try and say we're going to make this through. On endlessness - find something to hold yourself on to. The whisps of gold that leave your body - grab on to your youth. To all the seconds that go over - haven't you heard? It's toxic noise. Exhausted days - repeat the phrases that will get you through. Standing lines with grey hats embodied in grey suits. Pills for rotting, chemicals for falling, falling hair. To all the seconds that go over - haven't you heard? It's toxic noise. When the sirens call your home, will you fight the chorus filling up your head?
Lyrics:Heaven help me now, Im better than that. I was in the throes, but Im climbing back. You know Im better than, Im better than that. Heaven help me now, Im better than that. I was barely there hanging onto myself. Tipping on the edge, still battling doubts. You know Im better than, Im better than that. And all this time lying there in our bed. And all this time wandering thinking. My girl she stays with me, my girl she goes with me. And all this time was meant for me, I couldnt see through misery. I couldnt wait, I couldnt stay.
Lyrics:darling im calling to say ill be by this evening half of what i said i wasnt kidding im feeling disconnected from us and our senses the evening is rising the heaven and earth are glowing red oh help me! im falling to the thought were dissipating and the evening is rising the storm is situating on us
Lyrics:After that heart attack, wasnt sure if Id come back. My body lies under earth, my dear I tried and now Im back. Will I meet you after the grave? Why my eyes went blank I couldnt say. Plan for night, plan for haze. There well meet to keep our lovers gaze. I will find you, dont be afraid. Stayed on this earth my thoughts decay. And in a whisper, Ill say, distraught by the loss our gaze, my love turns away, I need to tell you I need to tell you I need to tell you dont you dare forget me. I was some man, I was some lover, caught in the mess of all the rubble. I couldnt see you there, I was alone to say, I was a man, I was a lover, caught in the haze, dragged underwater. I couldnt see you there. I couldnt.
Lyrics:Out of the evening I woke, the end of the haze on my back. The sun filtered in through the cracks, the crumbling night echoed out. And in the light, there you stood, the wave of your hand pulled me forth, And so it was then we began on this way were set for. My girl, she says, things are ever changing. Through wed until death, well together walk through the night. All of our trails that we make, scattered as trails across the days. Will we stay at each path, or will we go our own way? And so I stood scared in the light, with my love there by my side, and I cant wait to begin, I cant wait to say, My dear, Ill say, Things are ever changing. Through wed until death, well together walk through the night.
Lyrics:Feel the ship falling through the ether, slowly destructing all your memories, so they're never coming up. One vile pill - crooked in the evening. There was nothing you could say at the emptiness of leaving. And all the same things running out. All the colors turn brown, you say, "Baby, don't you leave me. Ive been feeling so lost. I can feel the aether swelling from all sides and bringing you down." Flowers turn brown all around the bedroom. Sent a message through a journal. The words are coming out. And all the same things running out. All the colors turn brown, you say, "Baby, don't you leave me. Ive been feeling so lost. I can feel the aether swelling from all sides and bringing you down." Feel the ship falling through the aether. There's a message in its haze as it slips to its grave. Final words as we drift out of the evening. "If you love me, let me know. Keep me around. Please, keep me around. I'll keep you around."
Lyrics:I was out there living through my time. You were out there wandering in the light. Darling, help me, Ive been lost this time in the life. In the fire way above the trees, burning higher until its all we see. Through the fire you pick me up, and I reach out for you because, I want you to stay. And all this time I was just looking for you. With all the fumes Im breathing in, if the help is here will I be okay? The tides are slowly turning and, The winds they shift and pull you in. Then I begin to fall and feel you slip away.
Lyrics:In the morning I woke, and the sparrows have passed. And your fever it broke, and so you are free at last. Lover, youre out there, dancing in the dark. Lover, youre out there, dancing in my mind. I could not say for sure, if things ever will be the same. All my senses are broken. Will things be okay again? Lover, youre out there, dancing in the dark. Lover, youre out there, dancing in my heart. How youre out there. In the mornings I woke, wandering in and out the days. How long can I hold on? Will you slowly fade away? Lover, youre out there, dancing in the dark. Lover, youre out there, dancing in the dark.
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