Hemi Hemingway is back with the single ‘Green Envy’ and the press release proclaims he has “…the rock’n’roll panache of a dive bar matador and the emotional force of a knife in the guts, Hemi Hemingway makes music that thrills, spills and breaks hearts”. If that description piques your interest, then the music won’t disappoint.
‘Green Envy’ rides into town at dawn with a soft start that explodes when the full force of the song is unleashed. It gave me glam rock vibes, somewhere between Mud, Alex Harvey and 50’s bombast. I’m not sure how much is swagger and how much is stagger but the wailing saxophone and the hot frying pan guitar are inspired. It’s a heart-rending howl at the night sky, bottle of tequila in one hand and the other clutched tight to the chest while striking a pose that is staring-at-the-sky-with-tears-in-your-eyes-shouting-why-me.
‘Green Envy’ is taken from the forthcoming LP Strangers Again out August 18 on the PNKSLM label and can be ordered as a download, limited-edition white vinyl or the PNKSLM exclusive blue/white galaxy vinyl edition of only 100.
Review by Paul F Cook