The Vines of Age

by Hemmingbirds

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"The Vines of Age" is a loosely based concept album stemming from the similarly titled track "Vineyards" in which the protagonist of the album ascends from his sleep into a world in his dreams. The world he enters is a desolate, isolated, and cold night, clouded in haze, and surrounded by a vast scenery of fields and mountains.

In this world, the he's left to physically reflect on who he is to become as an aging man. He sees the negative and positive qualities of the lineage of his grandfather and father, and doesn't want to carry on the negative traits that he sees embody those family members. Those negative traits manifest as demons and ghosts that try to force him to become who they want him to be. He, instead, sees that he has the choice on who he can become, and fights to change his future to shape himself to be his own character. It is in each song on the album that he faces a different challenge within this world - will he become the idealized person he wants to be, or will he be wrapped and cloaked in the vines of his genes to the point that he is incapable of realizing what he's become.

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released September 25, 2012

Hemmingbirds is:

Zach Benkowski - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Timothy Cap - Guitar, Vocals, Tambourine
Yoo Soo Kim - Vocals, Guitar, Viola, Violin, Sequencing
Matt McGuire - Bass

1. My Love, Our Time Is Now
2. Line of Bones
3. Vineyards
4. Oak Tree
5. Toxic Noise
6. Better Than
7. Evening Is Rising
8. Heart Attack
9. Through the Night
10. Falling Through the Aether


Mike Maimone - Keyboards on tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 10
Tricia Scully - Trumpet on track 7
Thom Schwartz - Trombone on track 7
Joseph Capacete - Backup vocals on tracks 4 and 5

Produced by Hemmingbirds
Mixed by Hemmingbirds
Engineered by Yoo Soo Kim, Timothy Cap, and Dennis Huston
Mastered by Carl Saff

Artwork by Gabriela Mejia
Layout by Matt McGuire

Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 recorded at Old Fire Studio
Tracks 2, 3 and 10 recorded at Tribeca Flashpoint Studio and Old Fire Studio
Track 4 recorded at Tribeca Flashpoint Studio, Old Fire Studio, and Chicago Recording Company

The band would like to humbly thank: our wonderfully supportive friends and family, Ellen Mangan, Dennis Huston, Brian Ongtengco, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Tony Rusniak, Joanna Evangelista, Amanda Paulson, and all our fans.

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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: My Love, Our Time Is Now
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,
Swear I was going down.
My love, our time is now.

My love, you came and you knocked me down,
was so alarmed by the feel of ground,
I swear we’ll fight this out.
My love, our time is now.

Can we escape
the fears of fate?
And the dreams that shape,
will we stray from the beginning?

“Put your head to rest.
I can’t leave you there
left to fend off all the demons,
and so we’ll brace for it.”

My love, you came and you knocked me down,
was so alarmed by the feel of ground,
Swear I was going down.
My love, our time is now.

My love, you came and you knocked me down,
was so alarmed by the feel of ground,
I swear we’ll fight this out.
My love, our time is now.

My love, you came and you knocked me down,
Was so alarmed by the feel of ground,
Swear I was going down.
My love, our time is now.

The morning came and we both looked up,
amazed by the light of the warming sun.
My love, our path’s clear cut.
My love, our time is now.
Track Name: Line of Bones
See the second line of bones
winding down this foggy road
I’m running out, I’m running out around here.

The dead is in the air tonight,
coming at me from all sides.
My heart’s contending, I’m ready for the fight.

Ghosts from generations line,
swell around me and they cry,
“We’re an all-impending, never-ending time.”

But by the morning I will see the truth,
and I’ll 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 future’s kind,
but when the fire breaks out, then
who’s 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 I’ll 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
I’m running out, I’m running out around here.

But by the morning I will see the truth,
and I’ll see it better than you do.
The black will burn out and bring in the light
to a never-ending, never-ending night.
Track Name: Vineyards
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 I’ll wade through vineyards.
And as the demons arise, I’ll wash the pigments of red to white.

The generational trends to break, or will I carry them on?
The dawning of the apocalypse, the spirits gaining the ground.

As you lie in bed, and I lie awake, this evening I’ll wade through vineyards.
And as the demons arise, I’ll wash the pigments of red to white.
Track Name: Oak Tree
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 hadn’t 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.”
Track Name: Toxic Noise
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?
Track Name: Better Than
Heaven help me now, I’m better than that. I was in the throes, but I’m climbing back. You know I’m better than, I’m better than that. Heaven help me now, I’m better than that.

I was barely there hanging onto myself. Tipping on the edge, still battling doubts. You know I’m better than, I’m 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 couldn’t see through misery. I couldn’t wait, I couldn’t stay.
Track Name: Evening Is Rising
arling 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
Track Name: Heart Attack
After that heart attack, wasn’t sure if I’d come back.
My body lies under earth, my dear I tried and now I’m back.

Will I meet you after the grave? Why my eyes went blank I couldn’t say.
Plan for night, plan for haze. There we’ll meet to keep our lovers gaze.

I will find you, don’t be afraid. Stayed on this earth my thoughts decay.
And in a whisper, I’ll 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

don’t you dare forget me.”

I was some man, I was some lover, caught in the mess of all the rubble.
I couldn’t see you there, I was alone to say,
“I was a man, I was a lover, caught in the haze, dragged underwater.
I couldn’t see you there. I couldn’t.”
Track Name: Through the Night
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 we’re set for.

My girl, she says, “things are ever changing.
Through wed until death, we’ll 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 can’t wait to begin,
I can’t wait to say,

“My dear,” I’ll say, “Things are ever changing.
Through wed until death, we’ll together walk through
the night.”
Track Name: Falling Through the Aether
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. I’ve 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. I’ve 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."