(June 30, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA) – Today, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Luke Hemmings showcases a whole new side to himself and his artistry as he steps out on his own with his debut solo single, “Starting Line,” out now via Arista Records.
Opening with the transmissions of dreamy piano wrapped around intimate verses while synths swell and glisten, “Starting Line” builds with quaking emotion as Luke’s voice rings out, “I think I missed the gun at the starting line.” Luke’s introspective and reflective songwriting is showcased alongside a driving beat and otherworldly guitar that takes hold as the track builds with production from Luke’s collaborator, producer and songwriter Sammy Witte (Maggie Rogers, Jessie Ware). Listen to “Starting Line” here.
“Starting Line’ discusses missing various memories,” Luke explains. “You’re reflecting on your youth and all of the madness and craziness. It’s like you’re forgetting so many pieces of your life—not from vices or anything—but from the sheer volume. I had to figure out how to fill a lot of gaps for myself in a positive way. It’s the human condition to change everything up after so long. A lot of the album deals with the idea time is slipping away from you.”
After the release of multi-platinum pop-rock phenomenon 5 Seconds of Summer’s fourth studio album, ‘CALM,’ last March and while much of the world was on hold, Luke spent time in quarantine writing songs and working on new music. Unknowingly to Luke at the time, that music would become his forthcoming debut solo album ‘When Facing The Things We Turn Away From.’ As the world began opening back up, Luke teamed up with Sammy Witte to produce the new record which will be released on August 13. The album is available for pre-order and pre-save here.
Luke is best known as the lead singer of 5 Seconds Of Summer and has co-written some of the band’s biggest hits including “Youngblood,” “Teeth,” “Want You Back” and “Lie To Me.”