Little did we know the next entry into our air-tight Best of 2019 list was hidden in plain sight right there on the damn promo flyer. Kansas City’s Hembree, who we gave a simple passing mention of last week, are also this Advanced Placement tour, and their new LP House On Fire, boasts an electronic-rock track called “Culture” that has been reverberating in our glass skulls ever since. The track’s calculated cool and pointed social awareness has not only nodding our heads, but reconsidering what we’re putting into it.
“These days we put so much emphasis on things that lack actual significance,” Hembree guitarist/vocalist Isaac Flynn says of “Culture,” viaBillboard. “Everything is urgent and I wanted to try to capture this urgency in a song and question what we prioritize. It’s about taking the time to stop and reflect; to think for yourself and establish your own opinions.”
Fire it up below. And allow us to sleep on Hembree no more.