A Band Called Hemingway is a three-piece alternative rock band based out of Crete, Nebraska. The band released a five-song EP entitled Carina.
The band has a palatable, commercial sound that was familiar to me after the first spin. There are numerous comparisons you could make but the band makes pop/rock thats has been popular with younger audience for years.
They open with “Ransom Notes (Brighter Days)” which sticks to standard pop structure. The delivery is solid and the production is exceptional. There is no denying that the band can write a catchy tune but I have to admit I wanted a little more experimentation.
“Black Jacket” just felt like straight up pop to me. It’s very upbeat and contains all the qualities of a “single.” It’s dynamic and infectious. “January” veers towards pop-punk. This song in particular felt geared for a younger listener because of the lyrics and the genre which is typically geared for teenagers and people in their younger twenties. “Views from a Hotel Room” showcases male and female vocals. They sound great together and I hope hear more of that. They close with the nostalgic and grand title track.
Anyway you slice it A Band Called Hemingway writes songs that are accessible and more conducive to thrive in the mainstream. There is no denying that. It really comes down to personal taste and whether this is your cup of tea.
If you gravitate towards this style you undoubtedly will appreciate this band. They sound on par with more popular, commercial acts and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw their name in bright lights on a much bigger stage in the next year or to.
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