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Check Out: 'The Vines Of Age'
Most musicians form a band, then put out a record. Hemmingbirds did it backward: Guitarist Yoo Soo Kim and drummer Zach Benkowski wrote and recorded their debut LP, Death Wave, before the rest of the members joined. “The goal was to have a record to share, then put together a band to play those tracks,” says Kim. “It kind of worked out well that way, because we were able to play shows to gain a fanbase and were already able to offer an album for them to listen to.” Hemmingbirds have now released their sophomore album, The Vines Of Age, and are preparing to tour. “One of our main goals is to weave some beautiful arrangements with moments of dissonant chaos,” says Kim. “Hopefully that comes across.”