Death Wave

by Hemmingbirds

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"a pleasant surprise" - Time Out Chicago

"What you will hear is some extremely well-crafted indie rock packed with a serious amount of feeling - sometimes uplifting, sometimes darkly desperate and most often a powerful mixture of both." - Windy City Rock

"It’s easy to hear all the emotion that Chicago quintet were trying to put into this album through open-hearted lyrics and intricate song. With its dreamy, indie rock sound and well done craftsmanship, Death Wave shows that the sky is definitely the limit for Hemmingbirds.” - Loud Loop Press

"A remarkable debut...Death Wave is a fusion of indie-pop and rock that is worthy of comparison to the always hype-able Arcade Fire, or Raleigh’s similarly-minded Annuals." - Chicago Tunes

“This album has really good production and never loses it’s focus, quite an achievement over the span of 10 songs. Chicago based Hemmingbirds should be proud of this album that places them firmly on the list of great Chicago indie bands.” - Dedicated Ears

"Absolutely incredible, front to back." - The Indie Machine

"a kaleidoscope of sonically engaging pop rock songs." - Smile Politely

"Little nuances like the band's use of viola, the handclaps in 'Treetops' and buzzing in just the right places make Death Wave familiar enough for people to be drawn to it but unique enough to prove that Hemmingbirds has a strong pool of musical talent to pull from." - Reviewsic

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released May 21, 2010

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Yoo Soo Kim

All music written by Yoo Soo Kim with contributions from Zach Benkowski and Jesse Johnson
All words by Yoo Soo Kim

All music performed by Yoo Soo Kim except:
Drums on tracks 3 through 9 performed by Zach Benkowski
Street ambience on track 1 provided by Aaron Rutledge’s Field Ambience Plug-in

Recorded at Korean Karaoke Studios (AKA Yoo Soo’s Basement) in Lincolnwood, IL

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering

Artwork and layout by Angela Graciela Pestano
www.angelagpestano.com
art@angelagpestano.com

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Hemmingbirds Chicago, Illinois

Hemmingbirds is an indie alternative rock band from Chicago. The band began as a solo project of singer/guitarist/violist Yoo Soo Kim in the fall of 2009. The recordings from the solo project expanded into what would ultimately become the full-fledged band. In 2012, they released their latest album, "The Vines of Age" and have since been Alternative Press' AP&R Band of the Day and more. ... more

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Track Name: The New Age
Time to move on to the newer age.
The year is progress to the better day.
A toast to leave luggage to dust away.
This is cheers to the new age.
Track Name: Mellow Gold Haze
I was walking through the mellow gold haze of the afternoon, my mind drifting
off to the future as cars blared off speeding unsteadily through the traffic.
The road that travels through Vitoria, the buzzing scenery, and sun-soaked sidewalks,
Is the simple life worth living? Side-step the hours to wait for evening.

At sunset we cheer, “Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!”
To the ocean bed you rest. “We’ve seen another day!”
And as the roses float on waves from shore away
the sun will rise again.

Well, I stayed close to gates and taller trees, smelled the cooling air as my mind wandered,
stepped around the lights and figures as I passed by friends and neighbors.
Well, I won’t be that fool, not one of them, who sees life ’til 21 then looks back on it.
There’s no stopping only making the most out of goddamn everything.

At sunset we cheer, “Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!”
To the ocean bed you rest “We’ve seen another day!”
And as the roses float on waves from shore away
the sun will rise again.
Track Name: Treetops
Because they’re like the others, because they’re all the same.
I dreamt we’re undercover, we played it like a game.
Sought out over water, on a wooden ship we sailed.
The sea she was a fighter of legendary fame.

In our yard, we’re going outside,
Going through the waves.

Stepped into the backyard we’re braving for today.
The leaves shape my propeller, the wind blows us far from

our yard.
We’re flying and flying through trees.
Sailing outside.

Save this aging picture that we hold on to for days.
In treetops undercover, the memory it will stay.
Our flags are full of terror, the clouds stretch over our heads.
The rain falls down for hours as we wait for the

day we are
flying and flying through trees.
Sailing outside.

In our yard we’re flying and flying through trees.
Going outside.
Track Name: Old Fire
Lights are comforting as shades of grey from white and black.
Shine the light, pretty, through the cage to peer inside.

Well, I suppose, in time.
Down it slips, again, the old fire.

On the road again, I’m travelin’ to sights afar.
And all things to commit are feverish frights of what we’ll become.

Well, I suppose, in time.
Down it slips, again, the old fire.

Feel you as I sleep, the breathing sighs in and out.
The glimpse of home and peace always leave to pace my thoughts.

Well, I suppose, in time.
So, down it slips, again, the old fire.

For a light in a cage as it burns through the days.
I can hope that you stay for a while as I age for you.
Track Name: In the Event of Failure
Brother, we’re standing at the edge of buildings.
It’s a long descent to scrape the bottom.
The rhythms and standards of modern living,
they weld our feet into a growth of scenery.

Towers burn the night sky into glimmer:
the shooting stars we sink our hope in.
Dreaming to be a corporate explorer
who will battle deadlines and burn the midnight oil.

But, in the event of failure when all of my efforts compromise.
The rubble rises in place of buildings.
God I’m trying, God I’m trying, God I’m trying.
What futures will say to me,
“It goes on, on, on.
And I know I’ll see you there standing free.”

All of your worth it slowly falters.
Even all the good ones crumble.
Your treading breaks into distinct stumbling
and all you see is broken travesty.

But, in the event of failure when all of my efforts compromise.
The rubble rises in place of buildings.
God I’m trying, God I’m trying, God I’m trying.
To future selves that sulk in failure:
the pain is a temporary tide.
What heartaches will bring you to crippling stature.
Seize the times, stay alive, stay alive.
And I know I’ll see you there standing free.

If you feel yourself moving, then keep on going.
Keep on fighting that sinking spirit.
The struggle is tiring, but you’ll see through it.
And I will see you there standing free
from the life, in the light, in your life form
I know we’ll be as one, standing free, going out with me.
Track Name: Perpetuator
Heaven knows you’re on,
But the feeling’s getting off
There’s a light, there’s a life,
That you wish you were on.

How you sigh yourself to sleep
To ease the better dreams,
Floating off of the ground,
Floating off to the way which you belong.

The demon on your sheets,
The dreams that take your sleep
Through the night, through the night
Until morning drags you out

How you wander back and forth
Absorbing the remorse
And you’re on, and you’re off.
Until memories set again.

Oh, the reasons I’m not sure in what to believe in
Help me, God, I think you’re just a thought that is leaving

Get into your car,
Turn the engine on,
For a drive through the night
Through lights that stretch through dark

And the thoughts come streaming out
The guilty and bitter hours
To resolve, to resolve
As morning sets again

Oh, the reasons I’m not sure in what to believe in
Help me, God, I think you’re just a thought and I don’t know what to believe in.
Track Name: Slippery Slope
Oh, hysteria is calming me down.
Shoot you to the ground, shoot you on the ground.

How slowly the second hand ticks
it’s the antics of the slippery conscience.
It’s weighing you down.

Oh, we’re running in circles,
running through the green,
running into the grave.

Slippery slopes won’t bring you certainty.
It’s not the magazines that drip blood from her lips
or curse the gun with your fingerprints.

So, keep your worried mind at ease
and free your body from the disease.
You’re running down the slippery slope,
blurring the discrepancies.

So, please keep all your guns
safe at hand, understand that I don’t want any of your demons
treading down around me.

If jealousy is a gun then I’ll shoot it straight out at you.
Infuriate your body, infuriate your mind.

Get you cold inside.
Track Name: Resolutions
I believe in the road to resolution.
If you’re mad for months and drained from the frustrations.
I can’t change what I’ve done, all the things I didn’t become.
But, I can see that I am going to go on.

I feel hope, that in the end, there’s resolution.
From the tired lines carved in you from exhaustion.
I can’t help it if I’m lost, all the wandering that I’ve done.
But, I’m smarter now, and I’ll make it in the long run.

I see you differently from now on,
how you’ve changed and grown some.
I can see that you are going to go on

So, keep believing all you’ve done, and that things do carry on.
If you’re feeling lost then know that there is

truth in the road to resolution.
If you’ve been dead for months and now you feel sensations.

I’m sorry for what I’ve done, for everything I didn’t become
But I can see that we will make it in the long run.
Track Name: Light and Darkness
Endless days stretch light and darkness.
Meander on through highs and in through the lows.
Through bitter days, through bitter hours,
Stretch the shadows from piles strewn across the floor.

They’re going through holes, going through homes, wandering alone.
The episodes of flickering bulbs.

And all the lights downtown they’ll fly by, they all fly by.
Tell me when you’re in doubt,
Are you feeling like you’ve given it all?

You’re wandering more through whispering ghosts.
You’re wandering through homes, looking for holes.

If there are lines on your sleeve
Pushing to see out your gravity.
Stretching it out until you take it off.
The age on your skin is feeling rough.

If there are ghosts, then they are with me.
To mend all my thoughts into a seam.
All of the things were better then.
All of the words are slipping in to capture the cause.

If there are lines on your sleeve.
Pushing to see out your gravity.
Stretching it out until you take it off.
The age on your skin is feeling rough.

If there are ghosts, then they are with me.
To mend all my thoughts into a seam.
“All of the things were better then.
All of the words were better then.”

Capture the cause, catch all the costs,
stretch out the skin, wander through homes looking for holes.
Track Name: Death Wave / Color Swirls
When a tidal wave hones to the shore.
The ocean standing up on its toes.
Out of sea, onto your home.
You will be submerged under.

There are many things I would like to say.
Oh, there are many things, I would like to say.

And you will wave the death wave,
Blurring the good days to a color swirl.
Oh, and you will sing songs to ease us,
The sound waves will travel through the walls.

When sickly cells attack your bones.
Forming blots of tissue demons.
You will cough up a bloodstorm
And have your sheets soaked in cold.

There are many things I would like to say.
Oh, there are many things, I would like to say.

And you will wave the death wave,
Blurring the good days to a color swirl.
Oh, and you will sing songs to ease us,
The sound waves will travel through the walls.